Most people do not associate East Harlem with the Marx Brothers. However, the Marx Brothers and their family lived in East Harlem from 1890 to 1895 and eventually became the top comedy act in vaudeville and Hollywood in the 20s and 30s. Students will find inspiration with this reading comprehension lesson about the Marx Brtohers and can test their critical thinking skills with the questions that follow.
Three fun facts about The Marx Brothers:
- The most famous Marx Brother, Groucho, was born in East Harlem on October 2, 1890.
- The brothers’ nicknames were created for them during a poker game in Galesburg, Illinois.
- The Marx Brothers are the only collective entry on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 of the most significant screen legends.
Harlem Roots Lesson: Level One
Perfect for students starting to read full paragraphs. Level one lesson contains two short reading comprehension lessons approximately sixty plus words with three questions each as well as the answer key.
Enjoy the videos on The Marx Brothers below
Pay a visitor to the Marx Brothers Website