In Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, various family members compete for the fulfillment of their dreams. But for each, there is the vision, and then there are the uncertain “facts.” The Einstein conversation allows students to consider whether a individual’s ideal is enough, or whether knowledge, experience, and collaboration are essential to real change. Students may also discuss what kinds of dreams people have and why some may realize their dreams while others do not. After reading the play, students would write a monologue or spoken word piece from one character’s “dreamer,” “realist,” or “conflicted” point of view.
Level: Secondary English/language arts
Subject Area: Modern literature, multicultural literature
Author: Karina Isley