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Harlem Renaissance Research Project

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Keywords: PowerPoint, Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, English
Subject(s): English/Language Arts
Grades 9 through 12
School: Chestatee High School, Gainesville, GA
Planned By: Sandra Rudd
Original Author: Sandra Rudd, Gainesville
1. Students will work in groups of no more than three (3).

2. A well-developed topic outline must be submitted on the day of the presentation.
Final outline will be typed, 12 point font.

3. Your PowerPoint presentations should show care and preparation. You should
include photographs, maps, audio, etc. This is your chance to be creative and/or

4. Members of the group must share the workload as equally as possible.

5. A bibliography in MLA format must be created listing all sources.

6. Oral presentations must not exceed five (5) minutes nor fail to be at least three
(3) minutes.


1. Zora Neale Hurston
-Life and Times
-Literature/critical success
-In the Harlem Renaissance

2. Racial Segregation: 1920s-1930s
-In the South
-In Public Education

3. Harlem Renaissance Art
-Major Figures

4. Harlem Renaissance Writers
-Major Authors
-Historical Context

5. Harlem Renaissance Music
-Major Jazz Artists
-Major Blues Artists
-Historical Influences

6. Harlem in the 1920s-1930s

7. The Black Migration
-Population change in cities
-Reverse migration to the Muck

8. Eatonville, FL/Black Towns
-Historical Background
-Hurston's connection
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson could easily be collaborative with art and music classes participating as well.
Links: Link to Hurston collection (Library of Congress)
Link to Harlem Renaissance Resourses (Library of Congress
Materials: Portable, Projector Screens, MP3 Players, Hard Drives, Flash/USB Drives, Office Suite
Other Items: 1 Portable EIKI projector
1 Projector Screen
1 MP3 Player
8 Flash/USB Drives