Content Type
Lesson Plan
Grade Level
Ninth grade, Tenth grade, Eleventh grade, Twelfth grade
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This lesson plan is a set of six activities. The first activity introduces the idea of the ‘American dream’ by a class discussion using several leading questions, followed by a short writing prompt. The second activity introduces Lorraine Hansberry and how she achieved her American dream; the students will complete a reading and a short writing assignment. The third activity introduces students to Langston Hughes’ poems and their meanings by class discussion. The fourth activity explores the Jim Crow laws, analyses media, such as poems, and concludes with a class discussion. The fifth activity introduces those who went against the Jim Crow laws and concludes with students developing and delivering speeches. The sixth activity has students dramatically perform a play and then analyze at the end of each scene.