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1 An analysis of the themes, characters, literary devices, and plot.

2  Lorraine Hansberry 1930-1964 Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago on May 19, 1930. A Raisin in the Sun was her first play published in 1959. It was also the first Broadway production written by an African- American Woman. Lorraine was the first African- American to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1959. Lorraine was not a persistent writer. The only other play she ever completed is the Sign in Sidney Burstein's Window in 1964.

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4 After listening to I Have a Dream and reading Act 1, Scene 1, Fill out the Venn diagram and be ready to discuss your answers. Due next time I Have a Dream A Raisin in the Sun Act 1, Scene 1 Similarities

5 Dreams Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. By Langston Hughes The poem, Dreams, was written, like Lorraine Hansberry’s work, during the Harlem Renaissance. Though some scholars disagree on the dates of the movement, this time period took place between 1940 and 1960. This time period was characterized by an explosion of social and cultural art forms in highly populated areas like Chicago and New York, by African-Americans who, in an effort to gain their rights, founded what they referred to as the “New Negro”. Scholars say this began in Harlem, New York. This cultural movement led to organizations that helped ban Jim Crow laws and fight discrimination.

6 What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat Or crust and sugar over- Like a Syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags Like a heavy load. Or does it explode?

7 Research one other poem or song about dreams realized or lost. Describe the differences and similarities between what you found, and Dreams or A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. Be prepared to discuss your findings. Due next time

8 Stereotyping and prejudice Dreams and dreams deferred The conflict between expectations The strength of family

9 After discussing the themes in the play and reading act 2, write about a stereotype you have had about someone, then write about being stereotyped by someone else. Two paragraphs minimum. Due next time.

10 Lena’s plant Sunlight and contrasting darkens Money George Murchison’s white shoes and Asagai’s Nigerian robes

11 Ruth Walter Travis Lena Asagai Beneatha Linder

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