Looking for multiple voices and perspectives to add to your thematic unit on The American Dream or The Great Gatsby?
Hoping to integrate an inquiry based unit to your ELA class?
Want your students to question the complicated reasons why the American Dream is not always attainable for all?
Add new voices to your discussion of the American Dream while examining three different artistic mediums. Your students will love this unit because they will be engaged by the powerful poems, the fascinating contemporary non-fiction, and one of the greatest documentaries ever made. You will love this unit because it will enable your students to dig deep on important essential questions and to add complexity to their understanding of those issues.
This twelve-day unit includes four different lessons on the American dream, a graded discussion, and a summative essay in which students will bring together everything they have learned from the unit.
In Harlem Renaissance Poetry Unit: Race & the American Dream | A Dream Deferred (normally priced at $3.99) students will examine three challenging but accessible poems from the Harlem Renaissance.
In the "Let America Be America Again," Langston Hughes | Creative Writing | Questions (normally priced at $1.97), students will analyze this popular and powerful poem which expresses hope while also acknowledging the challenges of this country.
In the resource "Richard Cory" & "If and When Dreams Come True” | The Great Gatsby Poetry Unit (normally priced at $1.97) students will analyze two poems which question the idea of the American Dream. Adding yet another perspective to the discussion, these poems are also popular with students.
In the resource Film Studies: Hoop Dreams Mini Unit (normally price at $3.99) students will watch a powerful documentary and complete close reading questions on a challenging, short, lyrical essay on the film. “Hoop Dreams” was named by Roger Ebert “the great American documentary.” Although the film is about basketball—it is also not really about basketball. The filmmakers followed two boys from the inner city for six years of their lives, documenting their struggles, heartbreak, and triumphs.
BONUS ITEMSAlso included here (and not in any of the other products):
—a suggested unit schedule
—instructions and a rubric for a graded discussion
— a prompt for a summative essay
—and a graphic organizer for that essay
Get your students reading engaging contemporary non-fiction, studying film, analyzing poetry, writing argument essays, and looking for answers to some of the most important questions of our nation.
Texts covered in this resource:
"Harlem" (also known as "Dreams" or "A Dream Deferred") by Langston Hughes
“Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem” by Helene Johnson
"We Were the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes
“If and When Dreams Come True” by W.S. Mark
“Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson
“Hoop Dreams: Serious Game” Edgar Wideman