Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

SCENE Strategy



Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use the acronym mnemonic SCENE to increase reading comprehension and recall of content area materials in complex text through active engagement with the text by the students making pictures in their own minds as they read sentences within a passage of text.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will compare the themes in poetry by poets (Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, William Waring Cuney, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Melvin B. Tolson, and Jean Toomer) from the Harlem Renaissance through a variety of print, non-print, electronic, and other media to develop their ability to comprehend and critically interpret the poetry’s significance from a historical and or cultural context.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall

References and Web Resources


SCENE Strategy References and Web Resources