11 ap unit 3: The American Dream 11 ap english



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11 AP Unit 3:The American Dream 11 AP English




Unit Essential Questions: “What is the American Dream?”

“What contrast is there between the American dream and American reality?”

“To what extent has the American Dream been realized?”
Overarching Question: “How do authors use the resources of language to impact an audience?”

Essential Question: “How is our understanding of culture and society constructed through and by language?”
Culminating Learning Activity: Research Project and Presentation. Research one of the literary time periods within American History. Discuss the American Dream of that time period. (Use non-fiction, fiction, art, architecture, and music
Topical Questions:

What are the contrasts between dreams and realities?

How should the conflict between passions and responsibility be solved?

How does power or lack of power influence people?

How is our world reinvented through creative expression?

To what extent does art imitate life/life imitate art?

How does fiction mirror society?

Skills:

Analysis of literature

Socratic Seminaring

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Literary criticism

Essay Writing – Compare and contrast, other rhetorical modes


Major Works:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

When the Negro was in Vogue by Langston Hughes

How it Feels to be Colored Like Me by Zora Neale Hurston

Poetry:


Chicago by Carl Sandburg

Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson

We Wear the Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

I, too by Langston Hughes

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

My City by James Weldon Johnson

Any Human to Another by Countee Cullen

Life for my Child is Simple by Gwendolyn Brooks

Literary Criticism and Related Readings:



The Great Gatsby Literary Companion by Greenhaven Press – Chapter One

“The Text of The Great Gatsby” by Matthew J. Bruccoli

“Publisher’s Afterword” by Charles Scribner III

Activities:

Defining the American Dream

Voice, Character Analysis, Character Dynamics, Symbolism, and Theme Activities

Style analysis comparing Fitzgerald and Hemingway

Seminar on The Great Gatsby

Bloom’s Taxonomy and Seminaring questions

Writing/Peer Editing/CEI/Rewriting
Written Assessments:

Response to three of the topical questions.

Choice of two AP Exam questions: Style Analysis 1999 Q2, 1995 Q2, 1994 Q3

Compare and Contrast 1999 Q1, 1998 Q3, 1993 Q1





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