Mother to Son Ideas Web

Updated: 4/1/2021
Mother to Son Ideas Web
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Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Lesson Plans by Bridget Baudinet

Published in 1922, ”Mother to Son” was one of Langston Hughes’s earliest poems. Its simple language and powerful message make it both accessible and meaningful for middle grade students. While it captures the inspiring perseverance of an aging mother, it also hints at the struggles inherent in an unequal society. Ideal for teaching word choice, theme, and poetic structure, “Mother to Son” also pairs nicely with units on the Harlem Renaissance or African American literature.

Mother to Son

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Mother to Son Ideas Web

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  • Date me.
  • The tacks could represent times she was in physical pain.
  • The tacks could symbolize emotional pain.
  • "It's had tacks in it"
  • The tacks might represent obstacles that she had to avoid.