Harlem Renaissance Projects

Harlem Renaissance Projects: 200 points

Prompt: Create a poster presentation using images and text covering a topic related to the Harlem Renaissance.  You can choose from the list of topics below or have Borger approve another related one before you start research. Presentations will begin on Wednesday 04/01. 

  • Blues Serita, et al.
  • Jazz Savannah, Emily, Aliyah
  • Ragtime
  • Motown Clayton & Brady
  • Prohibition Michael & Brandon
  • Apollo theater
  • Cotton Club Davion, Octavion, Andy
  • Lenox Theater
  • Savoy Theater
  • Ella Fitzgerald Anna & Rachel
  • Duke Ellington
  • Louis Armstrong Hagne, Alison, Trent
  • Billie Holiday
  • Josephine Baker Isabel & Payal
  • Cab Calloway
  • The Great Migration (and/or Freedom Riders in the 60’s) Potter
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Marcus Garvey “Shamon The Great,” Stephen, Tyler
  • Alain Locke and “The New Negro”
  • Langston Hughes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Gwendolyn Bennett
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Maya Angelou Emma & Deontez
  • 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 200 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 might be graded electronically off of the F: drive, but be prepared to print them as well.  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. Possible PowerPoint will be limited if allowed to be created at all. Update: No PowerPoints this cycle – all presentations need to be posters)

50 points will be earned from presenting your findings in a panel presentation in class. You will be using your poster 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.

You may work in groups of 2 or 3. No, you may not work in groups of 4.  Some people will be assigned solo projects.

Poetry Recitations will occur after spring break, 04/07-04/10.