Harlem Renaissance Projects

Harlem Renaissance Projects: 250 points total

Prompt: Create a poster/power point presentation using images and text covering a topic related to the Harlem Renaissance, worth 150 points.  You can choose from the list of topics below or have Borger approve another related one before you start research. Presentations will begin on Monday 03/17. Recitation of poetry by African-American authors, worth an additional 100 points, will occur at this time as well.

  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Ragtime
  • Motown
  • Prohibition
  • Apollo theater
  • Cotton club
  • Lenox Theater
  • Savoy Theater
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Duke Ellington
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Billie Holiday
  • Josephine Baker
  • Cab Calloway
  • The Great Migration (and/or Freedom Riders in the 60’s)
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Alain Locke and “The New Negro”
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Gwendolyn Bennett
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Maya Angelou
  • Alice Walker
  • Claude McKay
  • Countee Cullen
  • Palmer Hayden
  • Archibald J. Motley
  • Aaron Douglas
  • Ronald L. Freeman
  • Malven Gray Johnson
  • James VanDerZee
  • Romare Bearden
  • The Civil Rights Movement

Grading Criteria:  This project is worth 150 points.

50 points will be earned with an annotated bibliographyBefore you print anything for your poster, you will create a citation for the site you are using and list data below that citation.  Any text or images you are contemplating using for your poster will be listed below the citation. In this way, you will know which images and text came from which websites.  Citations will be matched with appropriate text and images. Annotated bibliographies will not be printed – they will be graded electronically off of the F: drive.  From this you will create a works cited page for your poster.  Your annotated bib will actually be much shorter than these entries: citation information with summary of what kinds of data you found on the site and how you plan to use it.

100 points will be earned creating a poster that accurately represents your chosen subject visually and textually.  Your poster should be equally divided between text and images. Images can be accompanied by textual captions OR you may create larger blocks of text.  Text should be easily readable and should include citations.  Be creative – consider combining factual information with poetry and song lyrics to represent your topic’s location within the larger context of the Harlem Renaissance.

1. Conduct research and compose annotated bibliography first.
2. Then edit your choices from the information gathered.
3. Then print/create images, compose text, and create poster.

If you choose to do a Powerpoint, you need to follow the rules in Death by Powerpoint. Poorly & traditionally designed power points will earn low grades.

50 points will be earned from presenting your findings in a panel presentation in class. You will be using your poster/Powerpoint as a visual aid for the presentation.  Presentations will be grouped according to theme.

Sample citations for works cited page:

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access

Apollo Theater. Apollo Theater Foundation Inc., 2013. Web. 05 March 2013.

“Ella Fitzgerald.” PBS. Ken Burns Jazz, n.d. Web. 05 March 2013.

Students will pull from other Harlem Renaissance links for the duration of this unit.

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