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43 resources with the concept the american dream

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Student Copy of Gatsby and the Jazz Age: American Dream or Nightmare:

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
F. Scott Fitzgerald's intent in The Great Gatsby, was "to state the American dream as dramatically, as passionately, as possible – and at the same time, to hold it up to moral judgment, to see what lies and terrors lay beneath its...
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Teacher-Copy of Gatsby and the Jazz Age: American Dream or Nightmare

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
F. Scott Fitzgerald's intent in The Great Gatsby was "to state the American dream as dramatically, as passionately, as possible – and at the same time, to hold it up to moral judgment, to see what lies and terrors lay beneath its...
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Gatsby and the Jazz Age: American Dream or Nightmare?

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
F. Scott Fitzgerald's intent in The Great Gatsby, was "to state the American dream as dramatically, as passionately, as possible – and at the same time, to hold it up to moral judgment, to see what lies and terrors lay beneath its...
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A Raisin in the Sun, Harlem, and the American Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Or does it explode? Study the dream deferred with a collection based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Complete with lessons, activities, and writing prompts, the collection provides ways to expand your unit on the American...
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American Dream: Reality, Promise or Illusion?

For Students 10th - 11th Standards
Dream or nightmare? Class members craft a synthesis essay with textual to determine to what extent the United States has fulfilled the ideas embodied in the America Dream.
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Becoming Visible

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The television and interstate highways both came of age in 1950s America. Scholars use film, text, and discussion to explore how these and other cultural icons shaped the literature of the time. Pupils also create a family history...
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Utopia/Dystopia: The American Dream

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
America was founded by dreamers, and the American dream still resonates in our country today. Track the American dream from its Puritan beginnings to its optimistic descendants with a instructional activity that focuses on speeches by...
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Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2

For Students 9th - 12th
Is Gatsby great? In the second of two videos devoted to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the narrator presents his argument for why Jay Gatsby should indeed be considered great. By backing his stance with evidence from the text,...
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Latino Americans Share Their Experiences

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Three Latino Americans are the focus of an interactive that spotlights their accomplishments. Scholars get to know Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judy Reyes, and José Hernández through short informative text and videos. Participants read, take...
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The Great Gatsby: Study Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Uncover the exciting world of the Roaring Twenties with The Great Gatsby study guide. Individuals become critics as they write a review of the production. Scholars also read historical information and analyze the differences between the...
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Postwar Tension and Triumph

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Go get the American Dream lifestyle! The 19th lesson in a 22-part series exploring American history shows learners the post-WWII economic boom. Using primary sources, photographs, and cartoons, groups discuss their findings and present...
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Political Theory - John Rawls

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Pretty much everyone has heard the phrase life is unfair. A theory by John Rawls, a famous political theorist, as to why this occurs in government and society presents itself. Pupils watch his theory through primary resource photographs...
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The Power to Persevere

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Joris Debeij's film, Making It in America, takes a look at Alma Velasco, a Salvadoran immigrant who was granted political asylum in the United States. The lesson gives a face to immigrants and their struggles to embrace the American Dream.
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Making Lemonade: Responding to Oppression in Empowering Ways

For Teachers 11th Standards
An activity focused on tolerance encourages class members to consider how they might respond when they or someone else is the target of oppression and discrimination. After researching how some key figures responded to the anti-Semitism...
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The New Colossus

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
The Statue of Liberty is one of the United States' most iconic monuments. Learners examine the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, which is engraved on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. They then respond to a series of text-based...
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American Dream and The Great Gatsby

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Is the American Dream alive and well or has it dried up and died? As part of a study of The Great Gatsby, class members search for articles on the state of the American Dream, analyze the arguments presented in those articles, and then...
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The Gift of Gatsby

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
A reading of “Gatsby’s Green Light Beckons a New Set of Strivers,” a New York Times article by Sara Rimer, triggers a discussion of the American Dream and what it means to strive for something. Following the discussion, class members...
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Knowledge Rating

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Evaluate vocabulary by writing definitions of known words and finding out those that are unknown. As an anticipatory set, the class fills out an agree/disagree chart discussing vocabulary. While reading about the American dream, kids...
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Early 19c Industrialization in America: The Market Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Posing a question about the effects of American Industrialization, this presentation provides viewers with a comprehensive look at the 19th century. From the "Lowell Girls" to the Iron Horse, these slides would be an excellent supplement...
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The Great Gatsby: Themes of the Novel

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After a discussion of the major themes of The Great Gatsby, individuals are asked to craft an essay in which they identify what they believe is the most important theme and whether the topic still has meaning for today's readers.
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Ain't That America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Well there's more and more people, what do they know?" Help your class connect their lives with history and literature using this resource, which guides them through the lyrics of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." Using the images in the...
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Who Can Achieve the "American Dream"

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Exploring the idea of working to achieve the American Dream, the class reads an excerpt from How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez. Following, the class analyzes the excerpt and discusses the theme of the reading using...
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Review of our Presidents from the Progressive Era to Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Covering the main events of the Cold War, this (mistitled) presentation includes photographs, political cartoons, and amusing graphics to illustrate its points. The information on the slides is helpful for an overview of the Cold War,...
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A Raisin in the Sun: The Quest for the American Dream

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
How does Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun factor into a discussion of the American dream? High schoolers define the American dream and recognize the historical setting of the play. Additionally, they identify forms of...