Instructions: Working in a small group, collaborate—make sure that everyvoice in your group is used and heard. Each group member must contribute at least one idea to your list. Assign the role of scribe to one group member to capture your discussion below.
STEP 1: The American Dream….. DISCUSSION PROMPT:
When we talk about “The American Dream,” what do we mean?
STEP 2: Now, categorize your ideas above by placing one of the following symbols next to it in the column to the left of your idea.
S = Social P = Political $ = Economical
E = Educational R = Religious
STEP 3: Which groups of people have had trouble attaining “The American Dream?”
STEP 4: What are some of the obstacles to achieving The American Dream?
[Use your list and category designations to guide your discussion.]
STEP 5: Given the obstacles that some Americans have to overcome, what makes the American Dream appealing?
2. Define. What do the words montage and deferred mean?
3. Read “Harlem” from “Montage of a Dream Deferred.”
4. Using the Figurative Language Chart on the back, identify the similes and metaphors in the poem. Do at least four on your own, then share in your small group and add to your chart as needed.
5. What is the mood of the poem? Identify key words that create mood, such as sensory details.
6. Then discuss: What central question does the poem ask?
7. Even though the poem is phrased as a list of questions, Hughes is making a statement. What is Hughes’ message about dreams deferred?