Lesson Plan

Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream

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America was founded by dreamers, and the American dream still resonates in our country today. Track the American dream from its Puritan beginnings to its optimistic descendants with a instructional activity that focuses on speeches by John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, as well as famous poems and works of art from American history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Design a cross-curricular unit between social studies and language arts, and include novels like The Great Gatsby or Raisin in the Sun to augment the materials
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed for gifted learners, but is applicable to mainstream classes as well
  • Requires use of video and audio for the speeches
  • Well-rounded and applicable to both social studies and language arts curriculum
  • Includes links to videos for the speeches and music videos
  • Culminates in a project that emphasizes the central theme of the entire lesson
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