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Students explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson, students examine portraits of Muhammad Ali, Romare Bearden, Lorraine Hansberry, Judith Jamison, and Leontyne Price in efforts to analyze the images and make inferences prior to discovering their individual contributions.
Students use the play "A Raisin in the Sun" as part of analysis of the American Dream. In this play analysis lesson plan, students define 'The American Dream' and recognize the historical setting of the play. Students identify forms of discrimination in the Jim Crow era and read poems by Langston Hughes. Students analyze the play and complete writing assignments using the given prompts.
Learners explore the contributions of African Americans of the 20th century. In this African American history lesson, students examine portraits of Muhammad Ali, Romare Bearden, Lorraine Hansberry, Judith Jamison, and Leontyne Price in efforts to analyze the images and make inferences prior to discovering their individual contributions.
Students read the play, A Raisin in the Sun to examine the role of slaves in the Civil War. They discover the role of immigrants in the United States and how that relates to the African Americans migrating north. They participate in activties and work together to gather information about the time period.
High schoolers form opinions. In this pre-reading activity for A Raisin in the Sun) lesson, students consider different statements and decide what they think of the statement. They share their ideas as a class and discuss all sides to a idea. This lesson includes the statements and worksheets to go with this lesson.
Groups of learners investigate the persuasive genre of writing as they research and present on an issue. They research the Internet (possible websites are included) for a topic and locate information to present to the opposing team. In teams, they present their debate and look for connections to the novel A Raisin in the Sun.
Examine Erikson's chart on the various stages one goes through growing up. Individually, they write a paper on whether or not they fit into those categories and how they are different today. In groups, for each stage they role play the role of someone in that stage in front of the class.
Students examine the contributions of a few African American actors. After watching different films, they work together to recreate the film and the struggles faced by the actors. In groups, they compare and contrast the acting style of the different actors. To end the lesson, they identify the stereotypes used in films to represent African Americans.
Ninth graders participate in improvisations, script analysis, writing, and creating written scenes. They identify language arts writing terms and identify them in a short story. Students use structural tools for dramatic scripts needed to build conflict and believable plots. The finished work will be 8 to 15 pages in length.