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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
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Dec 09, 09

bookshelves: poetry-books
Read in December, 2009

6th-12th grades
Hughes once again astounds the reader with his powerful and eloquent language. Pinkney's scratchboard pencil illustrations bring the characters in Hughes' poems to life and add depth and character to the already human/character defining language. Young readers will be inspired by the pieces and see the journey African-Americans have traveled to be in the place they are today. Text is rich but approachable for middle schoolers and the messages of strength, passional and survival are definitely important for this age group and all others.
Related content: Language Arts, Social Studies
Lesson Idea: Students will write a story to coincide with one of Hughes' poems, further bringing the characters to life.
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