High schoolers read poetry about dreams and determine the different types of dreams people have, such as the images in sleep, or as goals.
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Writing a Narrative Essay
Imagine using narrative essays to encourage change. This multi-week unit plan does just that. After reading a series of articles from Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America, class members examine the...
11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Writing Interdisciplinary Essay
The Grapes of Wrath. The Jungle. Native Son. The Things They Carried. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. To address a current social, political, economic, or environmental issue, class groups pair the reading of a classic...
12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Group Presentation Assignment
Rather than waiting for the world to change, encourage your class members to become agents of change with a project that asks groups to select an issue found in Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America....
10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Coming to America After the War
As part of their exploration of the American dream, class members examine primary source materials to compare immigrant experiences of those arriving early in our country's history to those arriving in the US after World War II. To...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Sleep, as another form of consciousness, gets the Crash Course treatment in the ninth video in a 13-part, introduction to psychology course. Information about the four stages of sleep, sleep disorders, and dream interpretation theories...
11 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts
Like Pale Gold - The Great Gatsby Part I
American dream or American nightmare? The Great Gatsby comes under scrutiny in a Crash Course on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of the Jazz Age, its glitter and its ash heaps. The narrator’s focus in Part I of the two-part series, are...
12 mins 9th - 12th English Language Arts
The Gift of Gatsby
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...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
American Dream and The Great Gatsby
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...
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed