American Lit: Let America Be Great Again

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices in meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

Learning Target: I can investigate and explain the historical significance behind an iconic American image.

Opening Session: Capitalism: A Love Story trailer!

Work Session: The poem we’re focusing on today is called “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes. We previewed it last week, too 🙂 I think every poem has to be read twice to really hear it, so we’ll start with me reading it aloud to you. Then, you will read it to yourself. As you read it, underline words that show you the tone of the poem, and *put stars around* words that show you imagery.

What do you guys think of this poem? Let me show you a speech that may have taken some inspiration from this:

Closing Session: What do you think? Was Trump’s Inaugural speech inspired by Hughes’s poem? Let’s make a Double Bubble map comparing and contrasting the two!

Assessment: Informal – double bubble checks, reading checks

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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