During a lesson highlighting Langston Hughes’ Dreams, we read the poem several times aloud then drew the scene of the broken-winged bird and barren field on the dry erase board. You can add more if you wish. We kept it simple.
Finally, we attacked the packet. After reading the poem and brainstorming the Art, students were able to answer the questions with ease. The pre-teaching made the material achievable.
Dreams by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.
The supporting material was from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Bio: Langston Hughes
Video: Langston Reading Dreams
Love this: The Power of Art by John F. Kennedy
Extension: Students can research individuals who have/ had dreams and share their stories with the class. my mind quickly goes to Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, Jr., Lincoln, etc.
More Langston Hughes: A reading guide