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									 What is
Powerpoint adapted by Suzanne Conti
• Land of Opportunity
• Rags to Riches—Anyone can become rich,
  famous, and powerful.
• Jobs and education are available to all who
  want them.
• Meritocracy (rewards) = skill + effort.
• Through hard work, courage and
  determination, one can achieve prosperity.
  Americans can live better than their parents
   Emma Lazarus is best known for "The New
  Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze
      plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty[1] in 1912.

• "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 beside
• the golden door!"
         Coming to America
• America is called the “Melting Pot”
  because of the immigration here from all
  over the world. Even though immigrants
  spoke different languages, had different
  cultures, and held different beliefs, the one
  thing they all had in common was to
  pursue the “American Dream”…life, liberty,
  and the pursuit of happiness.
• The American Dream is
  the dream of a land where
  all people can succeed
  through hard work. It is
  also an idea that suggests
  that all people have the
  potential to live happy,
  successful lives.
• Let’s view a few video’s about the
  “American Dream”….


• Originally, the focus was on hard
  work and religious freedom. Today,
  however, the focus seems to be on
  material prosperity and fame.
• The American Dream is deeply
  rooted in American society.
• Several critics have pointed out
  that this dream is not attainable to
  all because of the inequality rooted
  in class, race and ethnic origin.
• The phrase “The American Dream” came into the
  American vocabulary starting in 1867 when writer,
  Horatio Alger came out with his book “Ragged
  Dick.” It was a rags-to-riches tale of a poor
  orphan boy in New York City who saved his
  pennies, worked hard and eventually became rich.
• It became the model that through honesty, hard
  work and strong determination, the American
  Dream was available to anyone willing to make the
        Dream Makers

• “If one advances confidently in the
  direction of his dreams, and endeavors to
  live the life which he has imagined, he will
  meet with a success unexpected in
  common hour”.
                          - Henry David Thoreau
Arnold was born to a police officer and housewife in Austria, and
later emigrated to the U.S. speaking no English He went to
community college and started acting. Now he is a multi-
millionaire, married into one of the most elite families in
America—the Kennedys, and is governor of CA. He has said “In
this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were
born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It
doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak
English until you were in your twenties.”
Ralph Lauren—maker of Polo; son
of Russian immigrants who became
a fashion mogul billionaire, started
working in his teens to buy
fashionable clothing.
Oprah, raised by her grandmother in
rural poor Mississippi, is a billionaire
with a book club, television show,
several charities, and many other
Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of the
U.S., was famous for his Witicisms and for
discovering electricity using a kite. He was
born the son of a candle maker (one of 17
children) and came to stand before kings
and Presidents. He is also on our $100 bill.
Finally, Tei Fu Chen is a Taiwanese
immigrant who went from living in his car to
building a billion-dollar herbal foods empire.
The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by
Thomas Jefferson.
The general sentiment is that people are better
off than their parents and that it is possible to
start out poor and work hard to become rich.
“We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are
 endowed by their Creator
  with certain unalienable
 Rights, that among these
  are Life, Liberty, and the
   Pursuit of Happiness”
It all begins with a Dream . . .
               • You see things
                 and say, “Why?”
                 But I dream
                 things that never
                 were and I say,
                 “Why not?”
               • ~George Bernard Shaw
Chinese Stowaways die while
   trying to enter the U.S.

American Dream?...

Or, a Tale of Two Cities?
Before we assemble into groups
   to determine the “American
   Dream”… let’s watch a few
videos that show China trying to
   live the “American Dream”.
    Let’s read an article about Do We Need $75,000 a Year to Be Happy?
    By Belinda Luscombe Monday, Sep. 06, 2010
           Let’s read an article about,8599,2016291,00.html#ixzz1A

               Let’s answer some questions…..

1. Define: benchmark, Nobel Prize, adversities, temperament, plausible, expendable, citizenries
2. What is the difference between the two types of happiness described in the article? Why do you think we are capable of
   these two different feelings?
3. “Having money clearly takes the sting out of adversities.” What adversities have you been through? Would more money
    have helped make your life better during those adversities?
4. What are some possessions that are important to people? Try to think of how much things cost. Do you think that at $75,000
   people can have everything that they really need to live well?
5. Have you ever felt “deeper satisfaction…about the way your life is going”? What are the sources of that feeling? Are they
   based on comparisons with other people?
6. When you are an adult, do you think money will indicate to you how your life is going? If not, what will?
7. When people take jobs that pay more than $75,000, are they doing so to obtain more possessions?
8. If people stopped caring about overall life satisfaction, would they continue to pursue jobs that paid more than $75,000?
9. Besides making money, what else does the desire for deeper satisfaction with how life is going motivate people to do?
10. Besides material well-being and overall satisfaction, are there any other motives for living life in certain ways?
          REFLECT :
How accurate is the “American Dream”?
You will work in groups of 3-5 to decide:
*What does the “American Dream” mean in today's
world? Is it the same for all Americans? Is it a
myth? Is it simply a quest for a better life?
*Why do some see their dreams fulfilled, and others
see their dreams wither and die?
*How has the “American Dream” changed over
*What factors affect these major events in history
(political, economic, educational, social, etc.)?
* What is your personal “American Dream”? What
is your groups personal dream, as a whole?
                   Culminating Activity
*You will work in a team of 3-5 members, working together to
come up with a definition for “The American Dream”.
*Your group will write your finalized definition as a “mission
*Each member will choose a different venue to reveal your
groups “American Dream” statement (see handout for
*Each group will unite venues to create a PowerPoint
presentation, and upload it to
*Each group will present their interpretation of the “American
Dream” to the class, reflecting on the group’s interpretation and
each individuals personal dream.
***This activity will continue throughout the reading of the play, “A Raisin in the Sun”.
        “American Dream” Project
This will be an ongoing project throughout our reading of “A Raisin in the Sun”.

                  This is your groups’ job…
     Handout and information on how to use animoto, photostory, and voki
     is also listed at the wikispaces link below:

                    This is a sample animoto I created…
 This project must be completed and submitted to PRIOR to the
 conclusion of the class reading of the play, “A Raisin in the Sun”. See the
 Class period edmodo submission group code (located on board).
Upon completion and presentation, other groups, as well as the presenting group
will peer/self evaluate the projects, utilizing forms handed out on the day of
 All presentation “How To’s” and samples can be found at
         Have Fun! Be Creative and demonstrate Critical Thinking….

Powerpoint found on Internet/adapted by Suzanne Conti

Project found at and
adapted by Suzanne Conti

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