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The American Dream Lesson starter. 1.What do you think is meant by ‘The American Dream’? 2.Who do you think has achieved ‘The American Dream’?
Today we will… Understand what is meant by the American Dream Identify those who may or may not have achieved the dream
The entire USA population, apart from Native Americans, are descended from immigrants Before 1776 America was ruled by the British After The Declaration of Independence Europeans flooded into America for a new life
The Statue of Liberty was the first part of America most new immigrants saw Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless, tempest tossed to me I lift my lamp by the golden door.
The American Dream is the idea that anybody living in America can become successful and happy, regardless of their social class or background. American Dream
Thinking Task Do you think the American Dream is achievable for everyone living in America? Write down your ideas.
John F Kennedy His grandparents were Irish Catholic immigrants His family became very rich and he went on to become first Catholic President of the USA
Barack Hussein Obama Father was Kenyan, mother descended from English Became first African American president
. Bill Gates Born to English and German parents Owner of Microsoft One of the world’s wealthiest people
. Jennifer Aniston Born to Greek and Italian parents Successful actress
Have all Americans achieved the American Dream? Many live in extreme poverty today The majority of these are African American/Hispanic Many receive a poor education Many cannot afford to go to college/university Many cannot afford healthcare For many immigrants and their descendants, the American Dream is not within their reach
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