Langston Hughes: A Poet’s Life
In this chapter, you will learn to:
- Read sight words and functional words
- Read words with blends
- Read simple texts
- Use context clues to figure out words
- Identify main ideas, characters, and events from a reading
- Use end punctuation
- Write complete sentences
Talk About It
- Have you seen any movies about slavery?
- What do you know about what life was like for a slave?
- How do you think Langston’s family got free from slavery? Make a guess.
Put the above words in alphabetical order.
Make a sentence using one of the above words.
A consonant is any letter that is not a vowel. For example, the letters b, c, d, f, g, h, and j are consonants. A blend is when two consonants go together and each consonant makes a sound.
The letters dr in drip are a blend.
Practice reading these words.
Match each word to a picture.
|1. _____________||2. _____________||3. _____________|
|4. _____________||5. _____________||6. _____________|
|7. _____________||8. _____________||9. _____________|
|10. _____________||11. _____________||12. _____________|
Read each sentence. Then cover it up. Try to write it. Use upper case letters correctly. Use periods and question marks correctly.
a. The gift was a big sled.
b. There is a nest in the tree.
c. Milk is on my list.
d. Do not jump on the bed.
e. Stop the car.
You will see these words in the story. They all have a blend.
Use Your Reading Skills
Listen to Chapter 2. Then read Chapter 2 in BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 2. As you read each sentence, ask yourself, “Does that make sense?” Go back and read the sentence again if it does not make sense.
Check Your Understanding
1. Are these sentences true or false? Circle true or false.
|a. Langston Hughes was from Canada.
b. Langston Hughes was a slave.
c. Lucy Langston was a slave.
d. Lucy Langston was set free by her owner.
e. Lucy Langston married the white man who was her owner.
2. Read the first line of the poem, “I am the one who labored as a slave.” What do you think “labored” means?
A sentence can be a question or a statement.
A question asks for information. It ends with a question mark.
Do you like my shoes? – YES
Do you like my shoes – NO
Do you like my shoes. – NO
Questions can begin with words like do, did, can, are, is, and will.
An order tells someone what to do. An order ends with a period.
Make your bed. – YES
Make your bed – NO
Is each sentence a question or an order? Put a question mark at the end of the questions. Put a period at the end of the orders.
1. Pass the milk
2. Did you get me a gift
3. Will you join our club
4. Can I use your drill
5. Do you have a sled
6. Make a list before you shop
7. Stop yelling at me
8. Is this her belt
9. Are we there yet
10. Swim to the end of the pool
Your instructor will read you a poem called “The Dream Keeper.” Think of the dreams you have. You may have dreams for:
- Your job
- Your body
- Your mind
- Your family
- Your friends
- The world
Write a sentence about each dream. Begin each sentence with an upper case letter. End each sentence with a period or question mark.
|Check Your Understanding|
|1||Pass the milk.|
|2||Did you get me a gift?|
|3||Will you join our club?|
|4||Can I use your drill?|
|5||Do you have a sled?|
|6||Make a list before you shop.|
|7||Stop yelling at me.|
|8||Is this her belt?|
|9||Are we there yet?|
|10||Swim to the end of the pool.|
See the Attributions page near the end of this book.