Hughes’ Dreams and Art

Poetry can be beautiful and confusing so take some time to draw out the words to assist with understanding through Art.

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


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