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Dream Flag Song Score

This is a musical score of our setting of "Dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes, our theme poem. It is arranged in two parts with chords for piano and guitar. Read More...

Poetry Lesson Plan

This is an outline for a unit that might take three to six normal class periods and result in the writing of Dream Flag poems. It begins with a look at the life and dream poetry of Langston Hughes, the inspiration of the Dream Flag Project, and continues with some ideas for writing. The Dream Flag will be a piece of 8 ½ x 11 in. fabric with an original poem on it. Read More...

Dream Poetry Writing Assignments

Here is a series of dream poetry assignments. They are intended to go from easy (structured) to hard (unstructured), to help students think metaphorically, and to help students get away from the idea that rhyming defines poetry. Read More...

Lesson Ideas for Selected Langston Hughes Poems

Here are some classroom ideas for a few Langston Hughes poems found in the anthology The Dream Keeper. Most of these are geared for upper elementary or middle school students. The ideas are not necessarily about dream poems or writing them, but are aimed at helping students to understand and experience the way poems work. This may help them as poetry writers as well. Read More...

Connect: Attaching Flags to a Line

Dream Flags themselves, one by one, have a special power. The simple act of connecting them to a line, where several can be viewed at once, changes the impact of the poetry once again. Here are a few pointers for connecting flags to a line. Read More...

Poetry and Pizza

Here's an plan for getting together with another Dream Flag School to share Dream Flags with another school. This is based on a get-together between one sixth grade of about 60 students and another one of nearly the same size. Read More...