Understanding Discrimination - Langston Hughes Pre-reading Activity

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In which artistic movement did Langston Hughes play a significant role?

The Harlem Renaissance

What was Langston Hughes known for?

Inventing jazz poetry

What is the main theme of the poem 'As I Grew Older'?

Achieving dreams and overcoming hardships

What did Langston Hughes condemn through his poetry?

Racism

What did Langston Hughes's poetry collections The Weary Blues and Fine Clothes to the Jews celebrate?

African-American life and culture

What was Langston Hughes known for?

Celebrating African-American life and culture, and promoting equality

What is the main theme of the poem 'As I Grew Older'?

Stressing the need for hard work to achieve dreams

What was the Harlem Renaissance known for celebrating?

African-American life and culture

What did Langston Hughes condemn through his poetry?

Racial discrimination and bias/favoritism

What did 'As I Grew Older' emphasize about dreams?

Transforming dreams into reality requires determined effort

What does the wall represent in the poem 'As I Grew Older'?

A physical barrier between the speaker and their dream

What do the speaker's 'dark hands' breaking through the wall represent in the poem?

A call for resilience and determination in the face of adversity

What do the 'thick wall' and 'shadow' symbolize in the poem?

The oppressive forces of racism and discrimination

Prepare for reading Langston Hughes' poem 'As I Grew Older' by exploring the concept of discrimination and racism. Reflect on personal experiences or observations of discrimination and consider the various grounds for discrimination.

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