In this unit, you'll take a look at the historical vision of the American Dream as put together by our Founding Fathers. How, if at all, has this dream changed? Is this dream your dream? First you'll participate in an American Dream Convention, acting as a particular historical figure arguing for his or her vision of the American Dream, and then you'll write an argument laying out and defending your personal view of what the American Dream should be.
Close reading of the texts in this unit will help you answer these Guiding Questions:
- What has been the historical vision of the American Dream?
- What should the American Dream be? (What should we as individuals and as a nation aspire to?)
- How would women, former slaves, and other disenfranchised groups living during the time these documents were written respond to them?
- Setting the Stage
Lesson 1Using this Course`
Lesson 2Defining the American Dream`
Lesson 3The Founders' American Dreams`
Lesson 4Benchmark Assessment`
Lesson 5How is an argument structured?`
Lesson 6Audience Appeal`
Lesson 7Bill of Rights`
Lesson 8The Founders' American Dream`
Lesson 9Productive Discussions`
Lesson 10Independent Reading Groups`
- Meeting the Players
Lesson 11American Dream Convention`
Lesson 12Defining Your Audience`
Lesson 13Close Reading`
Lesson 14Effective Arguments`
Lesson 15Tailoring Your Argument`
- Making the Case for...
Lesson 16Portraying Your Character`
Lesson 17Informational Writing`
Lesson 18Presenting Information`
Lesson 19Group Presentation Work`
Lesson 20Introducing Your Character`
Lesson 21Visions of the American Dream`
Lesson 22Evaluating Arguments`
Lesson 23Reading about the American Dream`