Langston Hughes: Poet of the People

concerned - adj. showing worry (page 99)
decent - adj. good enough to make someone comfortable (page 97)
stable - adj. steady; dependable (page 98)
strive - v. to work to get something (page 100)
pleading - v. a form of plead: to beg (page 92)
tensely - adv. feeling emotional strain (page 91)
paces - v. a form of pace: to walk back and forth (page 93)
opportunities - n. plural of opportunity: a chance to succeed in life (page 93)


Spelling Words (Inflectional Endings: -ing, -ed)
pleading          building          painting         finished   
worried          unplugged        opening         opening 
insisted          controlled       leaving          danced
shedding        rating             striped           stripped
fitting            ringing           setting            bleached
curved           concerned      beginning        preoccupied

Comprehension Guide: Part 1

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Unit 1, Lesson 4 Langston Hughes:  Poet of the People Comprehension Guide    

Due Day 4 Wednesday, September 15, 2010

 

  1. What risk does Langston Hughes take in the play? 

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  1. What are the possible consequences of that risk?

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  1. What decision do Mr. Hughes and Langston make about Langston’s future?

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  1. What reasons does Langston give for wanting to quit his engineering studies?

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  1. Why does Langston want to go to Columbia University? 

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  Write about it!

 

Describe a time you decided to risk someone’s disapproval.  What was the result?  Use a separate sheet of paper if needed.

 

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List the four main purposes an author writes.

 

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Comprehension -  Guide Part 2

The inflectional ending –ed in the word ‘decided’ indicates the _________  (present, past, future) tense.

 

Object of the verb: A noun that receives the action of the verb is the direct object. Find the verb, and then ask Whom? or What?  Circle the verb and then underline the object of the verb in each sentence.

1. Fishermen caught these fish.

2. Bees built the beehive.

3. The children fed the puppies.

4. Langston Hughes wrote poetry.

5. The factory painted the cars solid colors.

6. The farmer’s market sells vegetables daily.

7. Tractors cultivate the dirt effectively.

8. The students are baking pies in class.

9. The boys built a castle with Lego.

10 Chelsea cooked a pizza for snack.



Often, it is desirable to replace the object of the verb with a pronoun such as me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them. After reading the first sentence choose a pronoun and complete the next sentence.                                              
 
 1. Mr. Hughes was disappointed in Langston.                                              
      Mr. Hughes was disappointed in ______________.  


2. James bought flowers for his wife.                                                                                
    James bought ___________  for his wife.            


3. Daniel wants to call Frances tomorrow.                                                                 
    Daniel wants to call  _______________ tomorrow.        


4. The teacher made our class write a report.                                                     
    The teacher made _________ write a report.      


5. Langston warned Thad that the class would be hard.                                
    Langston warned ___________ that the class would be hard.     


6. Mrs. Green didn’t expect Julie and me to sing together.                         
    Mrs. Green didn’t expect __________ to sing together.      


7. The telephone company called my number twice.                                    
    The telephone company called ______________ twice.  



The inflectional ending –ed in the word ‘decided’ indicates the _________  (present, past, future) tense.

 

Object of the verb: A noun that receives the action of the verb is the direct object. Find the verb, and then ask Whom? or What?  Circle the verb and then underline the object of the verb in each sentence.

1. Fishermen caught these fish.

2. Bees built the beehive.

3. The children fed the puppies.

4. Langston Hughes wrote poetry.

5. The factory painted the cars solid colors.

6. The farmer’s market sells vegetables daily.

7. Tractors cultivate the dirt effectively.

8. The students are baking pies in class.

9. The boys built a castle with Lego.

10 Chelsea cooked a pizza for snack.

Often, it is desirable to replace the object of the verb with a pronoun such as me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them. After reading the first sentence choose a pronoun and complete the next sentence.                                                1. Mr. Hughes was disappointed in Langston.                                                 Mr. Hughes was disappointed in ______________.  

2. James bought flowers for his wife.                                                                                 James bought ___________  for his wife.            

3. Daniel wants to call Frances tomorrow.                                                                  Daniel wants to call  _______________ tomorrow.        

4. The teacher made our class write a report.                                                      The teacher made _________ write a report.      

5. Langston warned Thad that the class would be hard.                                 Langston warned ___________ that the class would be hard.     

6. Mrs. Green didn’t expect Julie and me to sing together.                         Mrs. Green didn’t expect __________ to sing together.      

7. The telephone company called my number twice.                                    The telephone company called ______________ twice.