Paired Texts > Duke Ellington
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In the informational text "The Harlem Renaissance," Jessica McBirney discusses how the movement developed and the effect it had on America.Pair “The Harlem Renaissance” with “Duke Ellington” to provide students with historical context for the period and cultural movement that helped shape Ellington’s music and popularity. How did Ellington’s brand of jazz music contribute to the Harlem Renaissance? How was Ellington similar to other artists who were part of the Harlem Renaissance?
In the informational text "The Cotton Club," Jessica McBirney describes the popular club in Harlem where several African American entertainers performed and gained notoriety.Pair “The Cotton Club” with “Duke Ellington” to provide students with additional information regarding one of the clubs where Ellington performed. How does “The Cotton Club” contribute to students understanding of the discrimination African American performers faced during this time? What additional information does the article provide students about Ellington’s influence?
In "Mother to Son," a mother utilizes metaphor to communicate the struggles she's faced and the importance of perseverance to her son.Pair “Mother to Son” with “Duke Ellington” to provide students with an example of the contributions of another popular artist during the Harlem Renaissance. Ask students to analyze the extended metaphor in Hughes poem. How might this metaphor be used to discuss Ellington’s life and music? In what ways was Ellington’s life “no crystal stair”?