My Bibliography

April 26, 2012

This is my bibliography for my genre topic. It consist of all the websites I used for information on my topic. All websites I use are:

Halpern, Monica Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration Washington, D.C: National Geographic Society, 2006 Print

Kallen, Stuart. The Harlem Renaissance. Edina, MN: Abdo Consulting Group, Inc. 1955 Print

I thought all these websites were very helpful and useful to use for my topic. I hope that these websites could be very useful for you also.

What’s Going On!?!?!

April 26, 2012

In my G.T. classroom (Gifted and Talented) we’ve been working on our creative pieces. You could choose between a wide variety of ideas to do for your three creative types. Some of the ideas you can choose from are:


  •    allegory
  • book jacket
  • brochure
  • comic strip
  • commercial
  • compare/contrast essay
  • double voice poem
  • drama
  • fable
  • flip book
  • folktale
  • game
  • interview
  • legend
  • lyric poem
  • myth
  • newscast
  • newsletter
  • newspaper
  • oral history
  • parody
  • resume
  • satire
  • science fiction
  • speech
  • tall tale
  • timeline

For my creative pieces, I’m doing a timeline, flip book and a game. My timeline is from the beginning of 1915 to 1930 and is about famous people and events during the Harlem Renaissance. My flip book ask question about the Harlem Renaissance and more and gives you fun information about that question. My game also asks  mildly hard questions that may twist you up like a twister. Please be  sure to visit my blog, ask question or even comment on my blog. Thanks!!!





Creative Piece #2

April 24, 2012

This picture shows my flip book called “The Harlem Renaissance Mind-Binding Questions”. It asks  questions about famous people, events and places. It also tells cool facts about a specific question. If you get all the first questions correct or if you want to put your brain to the test, you can advance to Round 2!!! I think this is a good way to review about to specific topic like the Harlem Renaissance. I learned that it’s really cool to review through creative games. From My flip book, I learned more information about famous people and events and wanted to find out more about them.

Creative Piece #1

April 23, 2012

This is my timeline of the Harlem Renaissance era. It shows some of famous writers, singers, poets, etc and some of the famous events. Some of these famous people are Langston Hughes, Joespine Baker, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and more. I think this is a good way for children to be able to look at their own timeline and feel like it will be a useful tool for many people.  My timeline gave me more  information about very talented people from the Harlem Renaissance. I found things that I didn’t know about that was during the Harlem Renaissance. From my timeline I wanted to find more information about some none-well known famous people from The Harlem Renaissance and if there was a timeline containing them.

Creative Piece #3

April 23, 2012

For my third creative piece I created a game called “The Harlem Renaissance Twisted Trivia!” It has questions that wrecks your brain and shares with you fun facts about the Harlem Renaissance.  It also has questions that people may have knowledge about and some may shock people because they’ve never heard about that people, place or event. From my game, I felt this was a fun and creative way of exercising and challenging your brain to answer questions about the Harlem Renaissance.  I hope from my game that many people will be encouraged to use their creative talents to come up with a fabulous game  like mine about a different topic or related topic. My game make me want to do some more creative pieces about the Harlem Renaissance in my leisure time.

 This picture expresses the celebration and the rebirth of African American culture. The painting shows African Americans dancing to jazz and just having a good time. The name of this painting is Jeunesse and was painted by Palmer Hayden. Like Palmer, many other artists were inspired by the enjoyment of jazz during the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem has long been an important center of jazz. In the painting, they are dancing in the Savoy which was Harlem’s most famous jazz club. I can tell that these African Americans were happy to be able to go to a fancy place and just be smooth on the dance floor. I learned that many artists were very interested in the Harlem Renaissance and wanted to express their feelings about it through their creativity. To me, the mood in this painting is smooth, cool and calm because I can visualize the movement of the people on the ballroom floor and how their fancy clothing sways back and forth and the jazzy sounds of the band. This painting encouraged me to want to find more wonderful paintings about the Harlem Renaissance and if there was any authors that were awarded for painting Harlem Renaissance paintings.


What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
fester like a sore -
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
crust and sugar over -
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

- Langston Hughes, 1951

This is a poem written by Langston Hughes and is called “Harlem”. This poem talks about how dreams can come alive and be good dreams, can get you to new heights or to make you reach your goals in life. Some dreams can leave you nowhere close to your goals and lead you in the wrong direction and get you lost in a sea of no hope. This poem made me want to do something good in life, follow my dreams and try to succeed. What I thought of this poem was that if you follow your dreams and do the right thing, you will accomplish great things. I learned that Langston Hughes was a very “deep” man when it came to his poetry. I wanted to find more poems that “grabs your heartstrings” by Langston Hughes. It also made me begin to research other authors of the Harlem Renaissance era.

   This is an advertisement for Flapper Magazine during the 1920′s. It talks all about the fashionable clothing that women during that time should buy out of that magazine.  During the 1920′s, trendy women were nicknamed ”Flappers” and the flapper magazine became the headline of tremendous changes in the lives and additudes of women of that time period. On the advertisement, there is a lady in a flapper dress dancing and singing on a stage. From this photograph, you can tell this is after Women’s Suffrage because she has on a very short dress, high heels, and her hairstyle is short. She is a female that is approximately 20 years old. The color of her hair is brunette and her ethnicity is white. She seems to be very educated to have a job of a dancer and to be able to afford the cost of  the clothing she is wearing in the photograph. This magazine compels women to buy the trendy fashionable clothing of this era. The pictures made women feel alive and fun. This advertisement made women feel like “real women” by buying clothes that hugged their bodies, but still made them feel attractive. The advertisement is full of graphic and written elements like how much a copy would cost or how much it cost a year. It also has a logo at top of the page that says “Flapper Styles Will Prevail” which wants women to be interested in the magazine and want to buy it. From this magazine I learned about the Flapper magazine and how it tried to get women to buy clothing from the magazine. I thought it was very interesting to know what was fashionable during that time period and who was wearing those fashions. This advertisement encouraged me to want to find out if there was any displays of some of these fashions  in museums today or if there was anyone from that time period that had a flapper dress from the 1920′s.

Click this link to listen to music that was enjoyed by African Americans in Harlem.

I added this link because I think it’s interesting to know what kind of music was played or danced to during this time. The songs played in Harlem were mostly spirituals, gospels, and work songs. I hope this music inspires people to want to learn more about the Harlem Renaissance. What
I learned from this piece was what the culture was during the 1920′s.  Harlem was the world’s largest urban black community. A new age of black arts, music, literature, and theater was brought to America’s attention. While researching I discovered many outstanding works of musicians like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. I want to learn more about the accomplishments made by other African Americans and how they changed
the world for the better.

Chapter Book Review #2

March 4, 2012


The book Moving North by Monica Halpern is about how life was hard in the South from 1915-1930. Many families in the south were suffering badly and wanted a better way of life. So, many moved to the north. This was called The Great Migration. After this great change, people were fitting in just fine,but there was still discrimination and violence. Whites saw the great number of African Americans in Harlem, so many of them rented out their apartments. By the 1920′s, many African Americans communities were alive and exciting places. Harlem was a mixture of southern and northern black cultures. Soon it became a renaissance,or rebirth, of arts. Artists, musicians, writers and many more were drawn to Harlem. In 1931, The Great Depression hit America. One out of three black workers were out of work. For the good times of the Harlem Renaissance had come to a end. I recommend this book to anyone how loves to learn about something new and exciting event that has happened in history. What I learned from this book was about the hardships of the African Americans in the South and how their problems gradually started to improved when they moved to the North. The good times of the Harlem Renaissance had just begun. From the encouragement of this book, I wanted to learn ever more about the Harlem Renaissance. I wanted the find out if there were any important documents from that time and if there were any tracings of the routes the blacks took to get to the northern states.