This 26-day unit introduces the historical concept of the American Dream. Five days of the unit are devoted to "A Raisin in the Sun." We also read some articles about the American Dream today, and students write an essay on literature's depiction of the American Dream and its relevance today.
At the beginning, each day focuses on an aspect of the dream, plus an aspect of reading poetry (such as persona/tone, poetic language, form, etc.). After that, we read "A Raisin in the Sun." Finally, we read one more poem as well as several articles from news media to aid in deciding the relevance of the American Dream today. Several videos are interspersed in the unit as well.
The culminating assignment is a persuasive essay asking students to evaluate the presentation of the American Dream in a piece of literature that we studied and then decide whether it is still relevant today. This assignment is used as the "research" essay for the semester, so students are also required to use at least two other sources to back up their opinion.
Included in this unit is a detailed daily plan, the overall unit plan and a weekly calendar, poems, essays, articles and links to the videos shown (either to be viewed online or to be downloaded from a Google Drive folder) worksheets, and the assignment sheet and rubric and self-edit for the final essay.
Note: the play "A Raisin in the Sun" is not included.
for just the first 5 days of this unit, which could serve as an introductory unit for another piece of American Dream themed literature, such as "The Death of a Salesman."