por Langston Hughes
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Poetry Means the World to MeTony Medina
In Tony Medina's poem "Poetry Means the World to Me," Medina speaks from Langston Hughes' point of view to explore his love for poetry.Pair “Poetry Means the World to Me” with “Dreams” to provide students with a poem about Langston Hughes. Ask students to discuss how the speaker describes Hughes’ use of poetry in “Poetry Means the World to Me.” How do students see this reflected in Hughes’ poem, “Dreams”?
Dancing Toward DreamsSara Matson
In the information text "Dancing Toward Dreams," Sara Matson tells the life story of Misty Copeland, a successful ballerina who refused to give up.Pair “Dancing Towards Dreams” with “Dreams” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of dreams. Ask students to discuss Misty Copeland’s journey toward fulfilling her dreams. Do students think that Copeland “held fast” to her dreams? If so, in what ways?
Sometimes a Dream Needs a PushWalter Dean Myers
In Walter Dean Myers' short story "Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push," a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.Pair “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” with “Dreams” and ask students to discuss how Chris holds on to his dream. What events make it difficult for Chris to fulfill his dream? What do students think Langston Hughes would say about dreams that are difficult to achieve?
Drum Dream GirlMargarita Engle
In "Drum Dream Girl," a young girl dreams of playing drums in a society that only allows boys to play the drums.Pair “Dreams” with “Drum Dream Girl” and ask students to compare the messages about dreams in each poem. How does the speaker in “Drum Dream Girl” illustrate the message of “Dreams”? Why is it important to not give up on your dreams? What happens to life when dreams are ignored? What do you think the speaker’s life in “Drum Dream Girl” would have been like if she did not go after her dreams?
Her sweet Weight on my Heart a NightEmily Dickinson
In Emily Dickinson's poem "Her sweet Weight on my Heart a Night," a speaker reflects on a dream.Pair “Dreams” with “Her sweet Weight on my Heart a Night” and ask students to discuss the similar themes present in each poem. How are the depictions of dreams in both poems similar? Are there any distinctions? How are the speakers impacted by the absence of their lovers?
Gay Rights MovementBritannica Kids
In "Gay Rights Movement," Britannica Kids shares about the history of the LGBT community's fight for equal rights.Pair “Dreams” with “Gay Rights Movement” and have students think about how both texts discuss the importance of believing in something enough to make it happen. According to the speaker in “Dreams,” what happens to our desires if we ignore them? How does this message connect to the work of the gay rights activists in “Gay Rights Movement”? As an extension activity, have students craft their own poems about a dream about equality they have for their future by emulating Langston Hughes’ writing in “Dreams.”