Step-By-Step Development of a Research Paper
"Langston Hughes and the Invention of the Blues Poem"

Step 10: Publish Your Research

Luke's teacher had instructed the class to turn in a paper copy of their research paper and to include at least one graphic element. In addition, each student had to give a multimedia presentation on his or her topic.

Luke felt that he might also be able to use his paper as the basis for a presentation to the school's literary club. Therefore, he made a bulleted list of ideas for enriching his paper and adapting it to another format.

  • Use excerpts from the Library of Congress Webcast on Hughes.
  • Display printouts of Romare Bearden's art on jazz and the blues.
  • Display a timeline of the main literary events in Hughes's career.
  • Play a short blues recording by Bessie Smith or Ma Rainey, or Duke Ellington's jazz at the beginning or end of the presentation.