Langston Hughes Author Study
Author Study Project: Creating a Multimedia Tour (p. 939)
Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.
Working with a small group, create a multimedia tour of Harlem during the 1920s. You may wish to focus on the shows, the nightclubs or the daily life of the area. Your guided tour might take the form of a video, a Web page, a slide show, or some combination of these. Use the following suggestions to complete your research.
Photography of the Renaissance Look in books and periodicals for photography of the era. You may want to investigate the work of famous photographers, such as James Van Der Zee. Try to find photographs of other celebrities and ordinary citizens of Harlem.
Musical Recordings Find recordings of the musical artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Since the Harlem Renaissance flourished during the early 20th century, you may want to locate records in public libraries or vintage record shops, as well as explore recordings reissued on CDs.
Writings Try to find other written descriptions of Harlem during the 1920s. You might want to try autobiographies, essays, newspaper articles, and collections of letters by famous individuals of the time. Check the Internet to see if there are Web sites devoted to the Harlem Renaissance. Look for short, descriptive passages that can be used in your multimedia tour.