A Raisin in the Sun and Dreams Deferred

This A Raisin in the Sun and Dreams Deferred lesson plan also includes:

To conclude a study of A Raisin in the Sun and to prepare for a visit to the Lewis Museum, class members analyze Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem." Learners then draw connections to characters in the play and to their own experiences by describing a dream that has not been realized.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than conducting the lesson after the study of the play, begin with this analysis of "Harlem" and then ask class members to keep notes, identifying passages that reveal how the various characters react to setbacks
  • Pair the lesson with a reading of other literature that involves dreams (Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is designed to prepare students for a visit to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture; however, the activities are appropriate for any study of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun 
  • Requires individual copies of Hansberry's play as well as copies of "Harlem,"and the three worksheets
  • Presumes class members have finished reading the play
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  • The 10-page packet includes a detailed play as well as worksheets and links to web sites that provide additional information on Hansberry and Hughes

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