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11 AP Unit 3:The American Dream 11 AP English

Unit Essential Questions: “What is the American Dream?”
“What contrast is there between the American dream and American reality?”
“To what extent has the American Dream been realized?”

Overarching Question: “How do authors use the resources of language to impact an audience?” Essential Question: “How is our understanding of culture and society constructed through and by language?”

Culminating Learning Activity: Research Project and Presentation. Research one of the literary time periods within American History. Discuss the American Dream of that time period. (Use non-fiction, fiction, art, architecture, and music

Topical Questions:
What are the contrasts between dreams and realities?
How should the conflict between passions and responsibility be solved?
How does power or lack of power influence people?
How is our world reinvented through creative expression?
To what extent does art imitate life/life imitate art?
How does fiction mirror society?

Skills:
Analysis of literature
Socratic Seminaring
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Literary criticism
Essay Writing – Compare and contrast, other rhetorical modes

Major Works:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When the Negro was in Vogue by Langston Hughes
How it Feels to be Colored Like Me by Zora Neale Hurston
Poetry:
Chicago by Carl Sandburg
Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters
Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Miniver Cheevy by Edwin Arlington Robinson
We Wear the Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar
I, too by Langston Hughes
The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes
My City by James Weldon Johnson
Any Human to Another by Countee Cullen
Life for my Child is Simple by Gwendolyn Brooks

Literary Criticism and Related Readings:
The Great Gatsby Literary Companion by Greenhaven Press – Chapter One
“The Text of The...
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