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Harlem Renaissance

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection helps guide students as they learn about the Harlem Renaissance. There are 3 steps to the lesson:

  1. As a class, students use the "see, think, wonder" visual thinking routine to analyze a painting.
  2. Students watch a video and answer questions about the Harlem Renaissance.
  3. Students individually analyze 6 examples of art from the Harlem Renaissance, including paintings, music, and poetry and connect each piece to the historical context.

This is Harlem

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Empress of the Blues

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Smithsonian American Art Museum


Benny Andrews


Michelle Moses