Informative & Effective Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance: Escape Room Bundle (paper + digital)

Total pages: 35+ game

File size: 5MB




Looking for a captivating way to introduce your students to the Harlem Renaissance? The Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance: Digital + Paper Escape Room Bundle is your answer!

This Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance resource includes:
⭐ A Great Migration Journal Entry Sort
Famous Figures Biographies and photos
⭐ A Prohibition Close Reading activity
A secret poem

About Your Resource:
The fully digital version
⭐ The paper version
– Can be presented as a Breakout Box (groups work at their desks)
– OR as an Escape Room (groups seek clues you’ve hidden in the classroom)
⭐ D
esigned to take 40-50 minutes
⭐ Includes a complete Teacher’s Guide, extension activities, and an Answer Key
⭐ Designed for grades 7-12
Perfect for ELA or Social Studies, in Black History Month or any time of year
What You Get:
1. Four core tasks with instructions and clues
The Great Migration Journal Entries
Close Reading: The Prohibition & The Cotton Club (two levels of difficulty)
Harlem Renaissance Personalities portraits, bios, and quiz
Secret Poem
2. Writing extensions (either analytical or personal responses)
3. Station Cards (paper version)
4. “Band’s on Break” cards (for optional increased difficulty–paper version)
5. Student Answer Sheets (paper version)
6. A full Teacher’s Guide with set-up options, a printing checklist, and an answer key

7. A poster for your classroom door

What teachers like you are saying:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This is a highly engaging, detailed lesson on the Harlem Renaissance. It provides students with an overview on many different aspects of the era, covering historical background as well as specific artists. Students will definitely enjoy the variety of puzzles and tasks.” – Samantha H.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “A culturally-sensitive resource that avoids some of the ‘rosy’ accounts of the era.” -Gambria L.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This creative and engaging resource provides a historical foundation for students that not only sheds light on the great names of the Harlem Renaissance, but also opens up a door to discuss race in America.” -Paige H.


A Word About Timing:

This Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance resource has wide appeal and placement in curricula, so it’s up to you how long to spend on the activity. With 9th graders in a regular class, I’d plan on 40-50 minutes.

I had a 7th grade and 10th grade teacher test it, and they both said they would have been better off splitting it into two class periods (leaving the Secret Poem and the Extensions for Day 2).

There is a lot of reading in this Escape Room, so it really depends on what fits your classroom. As with any Escape Room activity, I recommend that you play through it on your own first before presenting it to your students.

About Your Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance Resource:
Your download is a .zip file containing a .pdf of the Escape Room and a .ppt of the extension activities.

You can edit extension activities in the .ppt file for maximum flexibility and differentiation for your classroom.

If you don’t need to edit, you can use the .pdf and “print and go!” Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. 🙂

Since your students looove puzzles, take a look at my Team Trivia Bellringers!

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