Harlem Renaissance Biography Project English 11



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Harlem Renaissance Biography Project

English 11
As part of our unit on multicultural identity, we will be completing a Harlem Renaissance biography project. With a partner, you will be assigned a notable person from this time period to study. For that person, you will conduct research on the person and write a biography according to guidelines. You will also have the option to present the information about the person to the class for extra credit. These people include authors, musicians and visual and performing artists. Below, the dates and criteria for this project are listed.
Dates

Dec 7 (A) / Dec 10 (B): Project Assigned + Background on the Harlem Renaissance

Dec 11 (A) / Dec 12 (B): Research Day

Dec 13 (A) / Dec 14 (B): Research Day

Dec 17 (A) / Dec 18 (B): Finish Research/Rough Draft Due

Dec 19 (A) / Dec 20 (B): Finish Projects/ Final Draft Due


Written Biography Criteria

Cover Page 5 pts

  • Include a photo of the person with his/her name centered below it

  • Additional images or examples of this person’s work are optional

Personal Biography 10pts

Answer all of the following questions in this section:



  • When and where was he or she born?

  • Where did he or she live?

  • Was he or she married? Single? Kids?

  • Other family info? and/or Other interesting personal info?

  • When and where did he or she die or where does he or she currently reside?

Professional Biography 10 pts

Answer all of the following questions in this section:



  • What did he or she do (writer/musician/artist/etc)?

  • What are his or her famous works?

  • How was he or she affiliated with the Harlem Renaissance?

  • How did he or she and his or her works contribute to the Harlem Renaissance?

Work Cited 5 pts

This is the section where you list the sources you used to find your information – see handout for formatting information.


Additional Criteria

Grammar and Mechanics 5 pts

  • Free of typographical errors

  • Must be typed, 12 pt font

Use of Library Time and Draft 15 pts

  • Work time must be used productively either in research or writing

  • Notes are completed before drafting (use assigned worksheet)

  • A draft must be show to the teacher for review on Dec 17 (A) / Dec 18 (B)

Presentation up to 10 pts extra credit

  • Must be loud enough for the audience to hear

  • Must include valid biographical information presented in an organized manner

  • Visual and auditory aids are not required, but may be helpful


Total Points: ________/50
Citing Your Sources
Your biography must be entirely in your own words, but since you are not an expert on the Harlem Renaissance, you will need to use research. For this project, you need to use information from the provided sources and combine that information to create your own, original biography. Whenever you use research, it’s important to give credit to your sources. If you don’t, it’s considered plagiarism. This handout is designed to help you cite your sources. We will be using MLA format.
For books, this is fairly simple.

You will need the author’s name, first and last, the title of the book, the publication company, city of publication, the year published, and the word Print. If there is no author, use the editor or skip that part (Most of this information can be found in the first couple of pages of the book). It is organized exactly as follows:

Last, first. Title of Work. City of Publication: Publication Company, Year.

Examples:

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Contemporaries,

1984. Print.

Gillan, Maria, and Jennifer Gillan, editors. Identity Lessons. New York: Penguin

Publishers, 1999. Print.


For internet sources, your task is slightly more difficult.

Sometimes you don’t have all the information you need. You should use the following format, omitting any sections that are not available:

Last, first. “Title of Webpage.” Name of Website. Date created or updated. Web.

Date viewed.

Examples:

“African American World, The Harlem Renaissance, Archibald Motley.” PBS. Web.

1 Feb 2008.

McMillian, Angela. “A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials.” Library of Congress.

11 Jan 2008. Web. 1 Feb 2008.
For additional sources please see me or the librarian (or you can search MLA style online for help).
Additional Notes
Please note the formatting for the entries. The quotation marks, underlining, indentations, and other punctuation are all done intentionally. Your works cited should be formatted in exactly the same manner.
All sources should be listed in alphabetical order by the first letter of the entry. They should not be categorized by type. I will know by the way they are formatted what type of source you have used. Alphabetize them all together.

Websites that help: http://citationmachine.net or http://www.easybib.com


Your names Here

Sample Cover Page





Person’s Name Here


(extra images/info are option, just make sure it looks nice)

Your Names Here



Personal Biography
This is the area where you include the information for the personal biography. Please answer all the questions listed on your criteria sheet in paragraph form in this section. In order to make sure your ideas flow logically, it might be smart to answer them in the order they are presented. This section can take as little as one paragraph, but can easily take more. Please be as thorough as possible and be sure to use correct grammar and sentence structure.
Professional Biography
Much like the personal biography, this section should be in paragraph form. You should use this section to answer the questions about this person’s professional life. It is very important that you include how he or she was affiliated or connected to the Harlem Renaissance and what he or she did to contribute to the movement. You will not find the answer to those questions directly stated in any of your research. I am asking you to think about it. What is the Harlem Renaissance? What did the person do to become important in that movement? How specifically did his or her work contribute to the feelings and ideas that flowed from this movement? In order to get a good grade on this section, you will need to do some analysis. Again, be as thorough as possible and be sure to use correct grammar and sentence structure.
Works Cited

Here, you. Include the sources. Where you found: Your, Info. ;)

(It’s okay if your biography takes more than one page.)

Notable People in the Harlem Renaissance




Authors

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Zora Neale Hurston

Langston Hughes

Countee Cullen

Claude McKay

W.E.B. Dubois

Musicians

Louis Armstrong

Josephine Baker

Bessie Smith

Dizzy Gillespie

Duke Ellington

Billie Holliday

Artists (Visual and Performing)

Palmer Hayden

Archibald Motley

William H. Johnson

James Van Der Zee

Paul Robeson (P)

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Names________________________


Harlem Renaissance Biography Project

Research Notes
Name of Author/Musician/Artist: _____________________________________
Personal Biography:

When and where was he or she born?


Where did he or she live?


Was he or she married? Single? Kids? (If so, give names, date married, birth dates, etc.)


Other family info? Other interesting personal info? (Include something not addressed in the other questions.)


When and where did he or she die or where does he or she currently reside?




Professional Biography:

What did he or she do (writer/musician/artist/etc.)?


What are his or her famous works? (Name at least 3.)


**How was he or she affiliated with/connected to the Harlem Renaissance?


**How did he or she and his or her works contribute to the Harlem Renaissance?
** These questions ask you to think beyond what you read in the sources. Based on what you’ve read, do your best to answer them. Just make sure you support your answers with good explanations.


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