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Mission 2

Celebrate the Harlem Renaissance!

Compétence : Parler en continu : je prends la parole pour donner mon opinion.

Did you know?

In England, in the 1920s, people talked about “hot dance music” and not jazz. Jazz was so widespread that it also became popular in New Zealand at the same period! Do you know about Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance?

01That was Harlem!

02A flourishing time

03The Weary Blues

The Weary Blues

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
He did a lazy sway ....
He did a lazy sway ....
To the tune o’ those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory key
He made that poor piano moan with melody.
O Blues!
Swaying to and fro on his rickety stool
He played that sad raggy tune like a musical fool.
Sweet Blues!
Coming from a black man’s soul.
Langston Hughes, “The Weary Blues”, 1925.
The weary Blues


Recite verses

Droning a drowsy syncopated tune / Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon
With his ebony hands on each ivory key / He made that poor piano moan with melody / O Blues!


Causative structures

Observe: He made that poor piano moan with melody. My mother had me learn many poems.
Think: Spot the two verbs in each sentence. Who does the action for verb 1? And for verb 2?
Practise: You’re the boss. Force people to obey. Then, report: I made… / I had...
  • 3
    . Home to Harlem
  • 4
    . A flourishing time

Home to Harlem


Exercice 2 : A flourishing time

Question 1

DOCS 3, 4

Think of what you might hear in the document.

Question 2

DOCS 3, 4

Listen. What was Harlem like at that time?

Question 3

DOCS 3, 4

Pick out art styles and artists’ names.

Question 4

DOCS 3, 4

According to the expert, what was the purpose of those artists?

Question 5

DOCS 3, 4

A form of art is missing. Which one?
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