A Cultural, Social, and Artistic Explosion Your Quest:
To better appreciate this inspiring time in our nation’s history, you will research and create a project that illustrates your learning about the cultural, social, and artistic elements of the Harlem Renaissance.
How do people react to periods of social and cultural change?
How do art, music, and literature reflect the time period it is created in?
How do art, music, and literature influence the time period it is created in?
Research, evaluate, and synthesize information about the Harlem Renaissance from varied resources
Highlight your understanding of the Harlem Renaissance through the creation of an exhibit
Make connections across varied disciplines (i.e. art, music, literature, poetry)
Demonstrate an understanding, through an electronic presentation, discussion, and reflective writing, of the effects of the Harlem Renaissance on African Americans and America itself
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of creativity and expression. The artists of this time wanted to celebrate their culture and share their ideas and talents. You will also be working to create a project that shows your learning and appreciation for this movement.
Your final project will be a reflective electronic anthology (collection of works).
You may work individually or in a group of up to three people. Choose carefully as you will all receive the same grade.
Step 1: Write the preface to your anthology
To gain background knowledge, you will begin by researching the time period of the Harlem Renaissance.
Research criteria Using the links provided and any others you find helpful, research the following topics. Gather specific information to help you to understand and write about the time period, cultural movement, influential people, and social and political change.
You may not cite Wikipedia or any other online encyclopedia as a source for this project. Research links: The Harlem Renaissance 1900-1940
The Harlem Renaissance and the Flowering of Creativity
Poets.org (for researching specific poets and poetry)
Create a document on google docs called “Harlem Renaissance Notes.”
Share the document with your partner(s) and me
Create or upload a dialectical journal (see example below) on this document so you and your partner(s) can share the information you find.
Create a new dialectical journal for each source you use to make notes.
Create a citation in easybib for each source you use for notes.
You might not fill in each square for each source, but you do eventually want notes on each aspect of the required research.
Notes in your own words
Use quotation marks for direct quotes
Thoughts/reactions to notes
Answer the “So what?”
Notes on the movement itself (who, what, where, when, why)
Notes on significance to African-American people
Notes on the social and political impact of the Harlem Renaissance
Source # _____ Easybib citation for this source: When you are confident with your knowledge of the background of the Harlem Renaissance, write the preface for your anthology.
Preface: A preface written by you about the Harlem Renaissance that describes
the significance of the movement to the African-American people
the social and political impact this movement had on society
The preface should be 500-700 words
Create a document in google docs and call it “Preface”
Share it with your partner and me
The preface should have a clear thesis and recognizable introduction, body, and conclusion
Though I will not require an outline, you should all create one before drafting
Be sure to give credit any time you have borrowed ideas by using parenthetical citations
Each poem needs a one-paragraph introduction to the poet and the poem that illustrates your understanding of the poem and the poet’s contribution to the Harlem Renaissance.
Each poem also needs a one-paragraph personal response to the poem.
Three artistic representations (not including the one on the cover).
Each work needs a one-paragraph introduction to the artist and the artistic rendering that illustrates your understanding of the artwork and the artist’s contribution to the Harlem Renaissance.
Each piece of artwork also needs a one-paragraph personal response.
A detailed description of three musicians of the time period and an explanation of their music including themes and genres.
If you can locate lyrics, include those as well.
An epilogue (250-word minimum) about your learning throughout this unit
What has researching this movement and creating the anthology taught you about the Harlem Renaissance?
How has creating this anthology changed or enhanced your perception of Black-American culture and this time period?
What have you learned about yourself as a learner?
A works cited page that contains a minimum of three sources formatted using MLA style.
Remember to cite the artist and title of the artwork for each piece that you use.
Do not name the same individual for multiple genres.
For example, if you name Countee Cullen as a poet, you may not name him as one of your writers.
Personal Expression and Point of View Creativity You should express yourself through the use of design, color, and so on to make this anthology uniquely yours. You may use creative fonts for titles and such; however, use normal fonts for dense text.
Point of View All writing should be in third person with the exception of the epilogue and the personal response paragraphs for individual poems and artwork. These only may be written in first point of view.
Don’t let anything slip into second person (you, your).
Anthology evaluation Name(s)___________________________ _____/05 Introductory page _____/20 Preface notes _____/40 Preface—movement, significance to African-American, political and social impact