A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

A set of 14 primary sources provides background for a study of Lorraine Hansberry's drama, A Raisin in the Sun. Featured are images from stage productions of the play, white supremacy protests, a clip from a television interview, and political cartoons. As they read the play and study the primary sources, readers are asked to consider if there has been "any real progress."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" can be found here
  • Have class members journal about a dream they have for the future, possible impediments that might interfere with them achieving their dream, and strategies they could employ to achieve the dream
  • Ask other groups to research the Supreme Court case Hansberry v Lee
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes a protocol has been established to permit a safe, respectful discussion of racism, desegregation, and prejudice
Pros
  • The sources capture the attitudes, conflicts, and challenges facing African Americans during the time period 
  • The packet includes a teaching guide with discussion questions and activities
Cons
  • None