Searching For The American Dream

A reading of Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" launches the first lesson in a study of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. After reading the poem and examining the title and book cover of the play, individuals craft an essay in which they predict how the play will unfold.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to journal about something they wanted but were not able to achieve, focusing on their feelings about not being able to realize the dream
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to computers with internet access
Pros
  • Includes links to additional resources focusing on the American Dream and the play
Cons
  • None