Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun

Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
Cultural, Geographical, and Physical Surroundings of A Raisin in the Sun
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This lesson encourages students to write with greater profundity when analyzing an author’s choices regarding argument, narrative and other literary choices. Lorraine Hansberry wrote the play A Raisin in the Sun when she was 29 years old, and she adapted it into film two years later and more than 50 years later the play is still contemporary. Students will read and view supporting clips on the play and themes and learn the necessary elements to write persuasively on a theme. Students will show mastery of the standards at the end of the lesson through a SOAPSTONE Analysis, Socratic discussion, short paragraph responses, and a written timed essay scored on an AP style rubric.

The TED TALKS, “How to Revive a Neighborhood With Imagination, Beauty, and Art,” by Theaster Gates & “The Great Migration and the Power of a Single Decision,” by Isabel Wilkerson are used in this resource. Links to different NPR, New York Times articles and videos showing the theme of the cultural, geographical, and physical surrounds affecting a character’s psychological and moral traits are in this resource. There is a narrative writing opportunity writing in the voice of a child of a migrant that traveled from the South to the North. There is a lesson on rhetorical situation in The New York Times essay, “Emmett Till and Tamil Rice, Sons of the Great Migration,” by Isabel Wilkerson. All the lessons act as an explication and a building on context for the 2012 AP Literature thematic question on the cultural, geographical, and physical surrounds affecting a character’s psychological and moral traits. There is a 35-question viewing guide for the reading/viewing A Raisin in the Sun.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

There are sources for teaching the Socratic Seminar, as the lessons act as explication for the argument. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

ADDED: Added viewing guide for TED TALK for Isabel Wilkerson WITH ANSWER KEY

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