NEXUS Connects: The Harlem Renaissance
Black creativity, suppressed in America for centuries, percolated and the arts intermingled in the cultural melting pot of Twenties Harlem. Students explore this fusion of African-American literature, art, blues, jazz and black history in The Harlem Renaissance volume of NEXUS. Each chapter-lesson is calibrated to resonate with student interest, stimulate self-exploration, and interlink with the other lessons in this interdisciplinary unit.
The NEXUS Interdisciplinary Approach, ideal for teaching an Interdisciplinary Period, utilizes interactive, classroom-tested teaching strategies and lessons that engage and inspire students of all levels.
WE DO THE RESEARCH FOR YOU, providing all of the backstory you’ll need to teach the literature, art, blues, jazz and black history of and that led up to the Harlem Renaissance.
Chapters are LACED WITH POWERFUL LINKS TO STUDENTS’ LIVES AND DRAMATIC MINI NARRATIVES THAT GRAB AND HOLD STUDENTS’ ATTENTION.
(SEE TEXT SAMPLES BELOW IN GREEN.)
“CURRENT STUDIES are revealing that adolescents undergo major developmental changes in their BRAIN NETWORKS — that is, in how the different regions of their brains “talk” to one another, co-regulate, and coordinate….It is the networks’ interdependence that strengthens the rationale for a whole learner approach to education, and likely explains why, when done well, such an approach is so powerful. – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, May 2020
The Educational Leadership article goes on to state that the brain has three interdependent networks, one of which is driven by emotions. When this emotional network is NOT stimulated, which is often the case in academic learning environments with traditional textbooks, the other brain networks do not function as well. “One can think of the kids’ emotional engagement…as fueling motivated thinking, either concrete or abstract, like the outboard motor that both pushes the boat and steers it.” Part of the reason the NEXUS approach is so effective is because it not only connects disciplines, it also connects learning to students’ emotional and experiential brain networks (see The Harlem Renaissance text samples in green below, the Julius Caesar text sample under “Lesson on Shakespeare’s Language and the Writings of Julius Caesar,” Antigone text samples: “Antigone’s Challenge: Democracy or Dictatorship” and “A Recipe for Tragedy: Aristotle and Oedipus Rex” (SEE BELOW), and the Macbeth sample text under “Lesson on Macbeth Themes: Fatal Passion and the War Within.”)
THE COLLEGE BOARD
“All NEXUS volumes emphasize the critical skills and analogical thinking that are crucial for success on the SAT.”
CLASSROOM NOTES PLUS, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
“Each [NEXUS] volume…is a hybrid of a well-written interdisciplinary textbook and a lively, attractive magazine….’Songs of the Seventh Son’ is one of many thoughtful chapters in The Harlem Renaissance volume of NEXUS. ”
Aligned with Common Core Standards. For secondary students.
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