Langston Hughes’ great poem, “Let America Be America Again,” is studied in this resource to understand the history of “The American Dream” and to understand it attainability for marginalized groups.
There are many links to video, audio, and print resources for studying The American Dream and Langston Hughes. In this resource is the TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson on injustice. Also, included in the lessons are a look at Langston Hughes’ legacy, Martin Luther King’s speeches influenced by Langston Hughes, the American Dream regarding law enforcement and in Prince’s song “Sign O The Times.”
The lesson features an original prompt analyzing the poem. Students will craft a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, American Literature or 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. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, American Dream, African Americans, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom