When the play opens, The American Dream differs for each member of the Younger family because each one has different dreams forged from their life experiences.
Have a suggestion to improve this page? To leave a general comment about our Web site, please click here Share this page with your network. An Analysis of "A Raisin in the Sun" through poetic voices bySharon Ponder Introduction As an eighth grade teacher in the Chicago Public School system my main goal is to empower students academically through knowledge of historical issues and events.
Examining conflicts and themes that arise from these events provides students with opportunities to make personal connections, to form a sense of identity and better understand the world around them. Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" sets the stage for this type of academic infusion to take place.
Almost fifty years ago a young African American woman wrote the play "Raisin in the Sun" describing some of the conflicts faced by a family struggling to achieve the American Dream. The poet Langston Hughes asks this very compelling question: The character Walter Lee poses the question to mama: Why did you move here to Chicago forty years ago?
Collectively, students will work to identify the goals and aspirations of African American families during the Great Black Migration.
Walter Lee, Mama, Ruth, Beneatha and Travis will be used as an instructional symbol of this hope and as a catalyst for this analytical journey and hopefully each destination will lead my students to uncovering their own dreams.
As a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the field of Middle Childhood Generalist, I have the richness of integrating curriculum across content areas.
This current unit provides me with the opportunity to introduce film analysis in the classroom in a powerful and creative way. However, in order for students to grasp the overarching theme—getting the "Big Idea"— particular analytical skills have to be acquired.
Excerpts from the play and poetry will be used to emphasize various themes that will help students make real life connections.
Before we are able to make connections and answer these questions I feel it important to dig into the psychological mindset of the playwright as well as the social and political climate that literally set the stage for such a compelling drama.
It is also imperative that you get a glimpse of life from my students' perspective so that you will better understand the significance of the format and structure of this unit. The Plot for "Raisin in the Sun" originates in Lorraine Hansberry's backyard as a child growing up in the s.
Her father's personal quest to own property on Chicago's South Side was unfortunately in defiance of the "restrictive covenants"2 that confined blacks to the ghetto, and so her family moved into a hostile white neighborhood.
Whites surrounded their house and as they cursed and spat; someone threw a huge chunk of concrete through their window which nearly struck Lorraine as an eight year old. Their family was eventually evicted by the Illinois courts. Lee was her father's response to this decision which was taken all the way to the Supreme Court.- Chasing the American Dream in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun is a play about an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the s.
This family is going through many struggles, both within the family and financially. A summary of Themes in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of A Raisin in the Sun and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. 'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play about a family in the late s that struggles through poverty and racism to find the American Dream.
"A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry is the focal point for discussion of "The American Dream" as students explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the s affected African Americans' quest for .
The goal of this three (3) part unit is to enhance student's knowledge of the "Great Black Migration", Raisin in the Sun and explore some film elements through the analysis of the film () and play () in preparing students to more formerly dialogue and write about films. In, A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry explains the American Dream with distinctive characters, a well-rounded theme, and specific symbols.
Hansberry uses unique characters to .