AP Lang: Is the American Dream Still Alive?

ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE11-12W8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE11-12SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Georgia ELA
ELAGSE11-12SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range or formal and informal tasks. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze various definitions and perspectives on the American Dream.

Opening Session
Let’s get into groups and discuss the American Dream! Silently 🙂

In groups of four, I want you to grab a sheet of paper and answer the question “What is the American Dream?” After everyone has had a chance to write, about five minutes, you should pass the note to your neighbor. Respond to what your classmate wrote, and add your own commentary. We’ll pass notes about 3 times and then come back together as a group.

Work Session
After we do our little note passing activity, let’s see what the internet thinks. Grab your phone and write down a definition for the American Dream as given to you by google.

What do these definitions have in common with the discussions we had earlier today?

We’ll have a class discussion on what exactly the American Dream is, and more importantly, if the American Dream is alive or not. You’ll need to defend your position and explain yourself to your classmates.

Closing Session
We’re going to be doing a group project over the next week or so, so let’s go ahead and divide into groups! You should sit with your group tomorrow when you come in, and on Wednesday we will start the group project.

Formative (passing notes activity)

Process (scaffolding, learning styles)

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