Langston Hughes: Poetry through the Senses

Analyse the use of the senses in “Daybreak in Alabama”

By: Patricia Finn & Dr. Susan Key
Estimated Time: 20 - 25 Minutes
Specific Reccomendation: 7th grade Language Arts/Social Studies

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Lesson Details


  • Identify and categorize lines of poetry in “Daybreak in Alabama” based on three senses [sight, touch, smell]
  • Identify particular sounds and elements of music in “Daybreak in Alabama”

Common Core Standard:

  • RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text

Additional materials: “Daybreak in Alabama” worksheet

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