Mother to Son by Langston HughesMother to Son by Langston Hughes is a short address from a nameless mother to her son. She tells her son about the challenges in her life, and challenges him to keep going, even when the going gets hard. The poem is a shorter poem written with ethnic dialect, and paints a picture of life as a beat up staircase, representing the hardship that life can bring.
I loved this poem when I found it, and I would love to use it in a lesson on conflict. I feel like its simple enough that my students will understand it without trying too hard (unlike The Lady of Shalott.), and we can glean its meaning as a class. I love how it describes life with conflict, but its kept in a general sense. With the context of the poem I can probably help my class infer that its referring to Man vs. Society, especially since Langston Hughes is a black poet from the Harlem Rennaissance, but I think that the poems true power lies in the fact that my students can view the beat up stair of life to represent a number of different conflicts. With this in mind, I can pair it with other works, no matter what conflict we are addressing. I also love that this poem addresses one of my essential questions, being about how struggle and conflict can affect behavior. This poem encourages the reader to keep moving, and keep trying, even when things get hard. In that respect, I think it could go well with the picture book What Do You Do With A Problem? because of how the poem provides a solution for dealing with problems, whatever they might be. The strategy that I would want to use with this poem would be Think Silently from the Beers text, Chapter 7. Even though the strategy is only briefly mentioned on page 127, I love the image that accompanies it on the next page. I would have a copy of the poem on posterboard, and hang it up in the classroom somewhere. I would then allow students to go up to the posterboard and write down what they think the poem is talking about, or what they understand about the poem. I would have them do this after giving each a personal copy of the poem, and letting them have some minutes during/after a read-aloud to write down their initial thoughts. I would want my students to have some safe thinking time on their own before sharing their written answers with the class. I think that this exercise could be a great way for students to get out their ideas in a relatively stress-free environment, and will provide a fabulous resource fo class discussions.
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Well, son, I'll tell you: Langston Hughes, "Mother to Son" from The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. Copyright © by Langston Hughes. Reprinted by.
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Tam ekran izle. Its had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all the time Ise been a-climbin on, And reachin landins, And turnin corners, And sometimes goin in the dark Where there aint been no light. So, boy, dont you turn back. Dont you set down on the steps Cause you finds its kinder hard.
James Mercer Langston Hughes February 1,  — May 22, was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He moved to New York City as a young man, where he made his career. One of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry , Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue," which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue. Growing up in a series of Midwestern towns, Hughes became a prolific writer at an early age. Although he dropped out, he gained notice from New York publishers, first in The Crisis magazine, and then from book publishers and became known in the creative community in Harlem. He eventually graduated from Lincoln University.