The Harlem Renaissance:
A Cultural Crossroads
The Harlem Renaissance was an outpouring of African-American Culture post-World War I through the 1930's, with its epicenter in the pulsating community of Harlem, New York. Your job is to investigate the extent and content of the re-birth of the African-American culture, and present evidence of its redefinition in art, poetry, literature, and music.
Think of yourself as an historical detective; Explore each of the categories below, making sure to produce a portfolio of evidence to share with the class. Your portfolio should include artifacts from each of the five areas, and clearly show how the Harlem Renaissance was a bold new self definition of African-Americans. The Portfolio will include each of the following products:
A Found Poem of at least 20 lines from various literature and poems you read from the Harlem Renaissance writers. (A Found Poem is a compiling of lines from various writings into a pleasing and readable form, meant to evoke a significant feel for a topic/person/place etc.) - 10% of the portfolio grade.
A 10 slide Powerpoint presentation of visual artifacts of the Harlem Renaissance. Include a title slide, an ending slide, and appropriate Jazz or comtemporary music to accompany the slide show. (Print a handout of the slide show for the portfolio.) -20% of the portfolio grade.
A collage OR a Shoe Box Museum OR your own painting/drawing/sculpture of evidence which typifies the Harlem Renaissance (18" X 22") - 20% of the portfolio grade.
A 2 page discussion of the evidence you discovered which proves the Harlem Renaissance to be a true re-birth and redefinition of African-American culture in United States History. -30% of the portfolio grade.
Your group (of 5) presentation which incorporates visuals, a creative act, and at least one aspect of each individual's portfolio for 8 to 10 minutes. -20% of the portfolio grade.
So... let's begin the investigation! Begin with the Background first.
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