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The Harlem Renaissance Digital Escape Room


Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance

Take your students back in time in this Harlem Renaissance digital escape room. Students will try to solve a series of clues as they enter the 360° digital speakeasy from the 1920s with fun jazz music playing. This is an excellent introductory activity for learning about the Harlem Renaissance and the literature of the time. No background knowledge is necessary to play! Not only will students be introduced to the history of the era, but they will read four pieces of literature within the game from legendary African American authors of the time.

Pieces of literature covered in this activity:

“I Look at the World” by Langston Hughes (Poem)

“If We Must Die” by Claude McKay (Poem)

“The Heart of a Woman” by Georgia Douglas Johnson (Poem)

“The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson (Excerpt)

The clues are based on reading comprehension and problem solving.

What better way to expose your students to some of America’s most celebrated artists of all time while learning about the significance of the Harlem Renaissance? Have your students work independently or in teams, it’s up to you! Included in this download are teacher instructions, student instructions, the master lock graphic organizer, answer keys, and a reflection sheet.

Watch the video preview to get a sneak peek of the room!

This activity is designed to work for a laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Check out these fun Escape Room Photo Props to make the experience complete!

PLEASE READ: While using this resource, you must have a wi-fi connection and the ability to access the following sites: Google Forms,,, and Please check that these websites are not blocked by your district’s filter before purchasing. Please also ensure your district allows viewing access for Google documents from outside your district before purchase.