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Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades

Historical and Cultural Context: Langston Hughes and Christopher Moore Student Work

This section includes samples of student work from Workshop video 6, in which Stanlee Brimberg’s students explored the African Burial Ground and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Samples include:

  • Several drafts of one student’s poem. Students were asked to write a poem based on their study of Langston Hughes and the African Burial Ground. (See Teaching Strategies: Connecting Poetry and History.)
  • A commemorative stamp design drawn by one of the students after taking a field trip to the African Burial Ground. (See Teaching Strategies: Field Trips.) Students created stamps to memorialize those in the African Burial Ground, including the African slaves of early New York.

As you review the student’s work, consider the following questions:

  • What do you notice that this student did well?
  • What questions might you ask this student about his or her work?

Poem Draft 1

Poem Draft 2

Poem Final