This Power Point slide show contains background information to build student knowledge of the notion of "The American Dream." The slide show contains links to relevant background source materials along with definitions and examples of the typical notion of The American Dream. Ultimately, the slide show leads into a project in which students interview people about The American Dream and then write an analysis paper reflecting upon those interviews. The students are also required to find a piece of "art" that correlates with their analysis paper. The final slide of the power point contains a link to the Rage Against the Machine video for the song "Sleep Now in the Fire" as an example of art related to the "death" of the American Dream. This slide could be substituted with any other link the teacher sees fit.
I use this assignment as an intro to The Great Gatsby as a major theme in the novel revolves around the notion of The American Dream.