What happens to a dream deferred?



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A Raisin in the Sun

Final Project – Ms. Thoreson


Overview:

Langston Hughes’ poem poses the question “What happens to a dream deferred?” Lorraine Hansberry uses a line from this poem for the title of her play about a family whose dreams are impacted in various ways by racial prejudice. Hansberry shows what each character dreams of, and she introduces a number of objects to symbolize both the dreams and the disappointments. For example: Mama is frequently shown tending her plant; Travis encounters rats and cockroaches; Beneatha wears an African robe and dances to African music; Ruth continually cooks and offers food to her family; Walter is associated with the liquor store. These concrete objects help to express the abstract dreams and disappointments of the family.


Assignment:
PART ONE:


  1. Pick ONE of the CHARACTERS from the play. Write one WELL DEVELOPED body paragraph about the character that explains:




  • What does the character dreams of (or aspires to be/do)?

  • What has made this dream difficult to achieve?

  • What object is associated with either fulfilling the dream or difficulties to be overcome in achieving the dream?

When you write the paragraph, use the “jumbo body paragraph” format and include TWO direct quotes from the play.




  1. Create a PICTURE of the object you wrote about. The picture could be an original drawing, an original photograph, a collage (in other words, do more than simply print an image from the internet).

PART TWO:




  1. Write a paragraph about YOURSELF and your DREAMS. Answer the following questions in your paragraph:

    • What is something you dream about for your future?

    • Why is this dream important to you?

    • What is something that might make it difficult for you to achieve this dream?

    • Why do you ultimately think you will succeed in achieving this dream?




  1. B. Create a PICTURE of an object that could symbolize (or be associated with) your dream. Again, this could be an original drawing, an original photograph, a collage (in other words, do more than simply print an image from the internet).

Assessment of A Raisin in the Sun
PART ONE (WRITING ABOUT CHARACTER):
BODY PARAGRAPH:
Evidence (direct quotes, well integrated, good choice of quotes)

Analysis (well developed, interesting ideas, answers all questions) _____ / 20


Follows grammar conventions; academic tone; well written; effort _____ / 15
PICTURE:
Picture was well chosen and showed EFFORT _____ / 15

PART TWO (WRITNG ABOUT SELF)


Answers all the questions. Response was thoughtful and complete. _____ / 20
Follows grammar conventions; tone may be informal, but still

appropriate for school; well written; effort _____ / 15


PICTURE:
Picture was well chosen and showed EFFORT _____ / 15

TOTAL: _____ / 100


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