The Dream Keeper and Other Poems

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Illus. in black-and-white. This classic collection of poetry is available in a handsome new gift edition that includes seven additional poems written after The Dream Keeper was first published. In a larger format, featuring Brian Pinkney's scratchboard art on every spread, Hughes's inspirational message to young people is as relevant today as it was in 1932.
Curriculet Details
29 Questions
30 Annotations
4 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining poetic devices, vocabulary and author's purpose. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about figurative language and other media. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of inference, characterization, and theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Langston Hughes Mini Bio  (This annotation contains a video)

The Dream Keeper

Why does the Dream Keeper want the dreamer's dreams? 
Who is the speaker in this poem? If you said the Dream Keeper, you are correct. 
Metaphor is a figure of speech which makes an implicit, implied or hidden comparison between two things or objects that are poles apart from each other but have some characteristics common between them. Unlike similes, we do not use “like” or “as” to develop a comparison in a metaphor. Watch the video to learn more about metaphors.  (This annotation contains a video)
A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounding words occurring at the end of lines in poems or songs. Which two words rhyme in this poem? 
Theme is the main idea of a literary work. The theme may be stated directly or indirectly. Can you identify the theme of this poem? 
Why does the speaker in this poem think he is unable to see the fairies dance? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Personification is a literary device in which something non-human is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that the reader feels that he or she they has the ability to act like human beings. 
The Dream Keeper Quiz 

Sea Charm

A simile is a type of figurative language in which "like" or "as" is used to compare two things. Watch the video below for help with similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of wondrous. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for wondrous? 
"Alliteration" refers to repetitive sounds at the beginning of words within a sentence or phrase. An example of alliteration is "dip and dive". What other examples of alliteration do you see in the poem? 
Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. Which of the five senses does the imagery in this poem appeal to? 
Characterization is a literary device that is used in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character. What do you learn about the sailor in the highlighted text? 
How do the mourners change from the beginning of the poem to the end? 
Anaphora is the intentional repetition of the first part of a phrase or sentence. In this example, "Once you were" is repeated at the beginning of the first two stanzas. 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of hag. Which of the following definitions most closely fits the context of the text? 
Sea Charm Quiz 

Dressed Up

Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of despondency. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for despondency? 
Note the difference between "the blues" and "the spirituals." This information is necessary for understanding the poetry which follows. 
Dialect is a way of speaking used by a specific group of people. Dialect gives the reader a better idea of a character and where he or she comes from. What does the dialect in this poem tell you about the speaker? 
Mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions. What is the mood of this poem? 
Onomatopoeia is a word which imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Watch the video to see more examples of onomatopoeia.  (This annotation contains a video)
Using context clues, what are "steppers"? 
Which literary device is used in the highlighted text? 
Why does the speaker in this poem think it is important and urgent to dance? 
In this poem, the speaker reveals that he is able to sing and dance even when he faces troubles in life. 
The details in this stanza suggest that ____________________. 
How does the speaker of this poem feel when Susanna Jones wears red? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Why is the black Pierrot heartbroken in the poem? 
Do you think the speaker of the poem will find a way to get across the river to his baby? 
Based on the context of the poem, what is the meaning of 'Twixt? 
Have you ever heard the expression "I have to laugh to keep from crying"? Do you think the speaker of this poem can relate to that saying? 
What is the time of day in the first stanza of this poem? 
Dressed Up Quiz 

Feet o’ Jesus

Why should Albert not play in the road? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
According to the speaker, he and the Lord are _______________. 
What does the speaker mean by "I'm settin' clean an' bright"? 
When would a mother sing a lullaby to her baby? 
What does the speaker in this poem need from God? 
Why does the speaker in this poem ask for mercy from the Lord? 
What is the mood of this poem? 

Walkers with the Dawn

Which of the following are the walkers NOT afraid of? 
An infinitive will almost always begin with 'to' followed by the simple form of the verb, like this: to + verb = infinitive. Watch the video for more examples of infinitives. Can you identify the infinitives in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
The narrator has been _______________. 
In this poem, the speaker is familiar with __________________. 
Why does the speaker say "I, too, am America"? 
How is the mother's life different from a crystal stair? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
Where is Booker Washington buried? 
Based on the end of the poem, what kind of life do you think Booker Washington lived? Do you think he loved other people and spent his life serving others? 
Aunt Sue's stories are _____________. 
Parallelism (or parallel structure) is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. Can you identify the parallel structure in the highlighted text? 
Adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns. Identify the adjectives in the highlighted text? 
"To smash" and "to break" are examples of _________________. 
Feet O' Jesus/Walkers in the Dawn Quiz 

Additional Poems

According to the speaker, how complex is a snail's life? 
What is the theme of this poem? 
Why might dream-dust not be for sale?  
How does the author describe the people in Alabama? 
Why would the author put these things in a song about Alabama? Do you think the author has experienced these things in Alabama? 
What season of the year does the poem describe? 
Continue reading the next several pages to find out more about Langston Hughes and his works.