Many literary works tackle the concept of the American Dream. I used this particular exercise for A Raisin in the Sun but it will work for any literary work. Using various internet resources, the students initially plan out their future American Dream and begin calculating exactly how much this 'dream' will cost. Afterwards, they add everything up and determine exactly how feasible their dream is and what is needed to achieve that dream. There are a series of follow up questions ideal for any classroom discussion.