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Raisin in the Sun and Natural Rights
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Grade Level Grades 10-11
Resource Type Article, Lesson Plan, Presentation, Project Based Learning, Worksheet
Standards Alignment
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About This Lesson

REVISED 05/04/23

Raison in the Sun and Natura Rights: this unit explores the ideas of natural rights (e.g. property rights) and the consequences when those rights are denied. The play is analyzed using the Author's Toolbox: Characterization. 

Other issues explored: Hair and personal identity, happiness, redlining  (i.e., property rights), and racism. 

Unit includes a multi-paragraph essay unit final exam and Research Project.

A Raisin in the Sun examines the effects of racial prejudice on the fulfillment of an African-American family’s dreams. The play centers on the Youngers, a working-class family that lives in Chicago’s South Side during the mid-twentieth century. Shortly before the play begins, the head of the Younger family, Big Walter, dies, leaving the family to inherit a $10,000 life insurance payment. The family eagerly awaits the arrival of the insurance check, which has the potential to make the family’s long-deferred dreams into reality. However, the members of the Younger family have conflicting ideas—conflicting dreams—regarding the best use for the money, which causes tension. - https://www.litcharts.com/lit/a-raisin-in-the-sun/summary

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Raisin L1.pptx

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Standards

By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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