Lift Every Voice and Sing


  • Aug 8 2010 1:55 PM

    Louise Bigham

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  • Aug 8 2010 9:58 AM

    Mary Kay Monson


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This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from ARTSEDGE, explores the origins of "The Black National Anthem," which was originally a poem by James Weldon Johnson entitled "Lift Every Voice and Sing." By analyzing the poem's figurative language, students understand how the poem conveys a sense of hope and unity despite hardship. Students also learn how the addition of music further enhances the messages of imagery of the poem.

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 5 to 8

    Topics: English-Language Arts, Literature, Music, Visual Arts, United States History, History-Social Science