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A Raisin in the Sun
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991; Diversity & Illinois; Drama/U.S. (focusing on theme,
plot, character development, symbol, motif and irony);
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Marriage; Families in Crisis; Female Role Model;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Fairness.
1961 Version: Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 128 minutes; B & W.
2008 Version: Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 131 minutes; color.
Set in the early 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun describes the struggle of the Youngers, a poor black family seeking to better itself despite the challenges of poverty and racism. When they put a down payment on a home in an all-white suburb, racism comes calling in an unusual form. The play is an award-winning American classic.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to A Raisin in the Sun relates to the play as well as the filmed versions. It will assist teachers in showing students the dynamic that gathered force after World War ll in families such as the Youngers. Their persistent efforts to better their situation and their courage in demanding change gave rise to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, helping to liberate America from a fundamental contradiction between its ideals and its treatment of minorities.
The Learning Guide will help introduce the historical context of the story, including The Great Migration and Pan-Africanism. It provides information on the playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, and the poetry of Langston Hughes. By studying this play, students can learn about the fundamentals of drama and explore theme, plot, character development, symbol, motif, and irony. The character of Lena is a female role model.
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A Raisin in the Sun is the classic play of the Great Migration of blacks from the South to the Northern U.S. during the first 2/3rds of the 20th century.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below the index to the Learning Guide to A Raisin in the Sun.
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Reading the Play
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Bridges to Reading
Links to the Internet
Assignments, Projects & Activities
The Learning Guide to the film A Raisin in the Sun contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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