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The American Dream Introduction

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Transcript of The American Dream Introduction

The American Dream
Brainstorm definitions of the American Dream
Discuss various interpretations of the American Dream
Read and analyze poetry to determine author's purpose and theme
Identify text (Puritans) to text (poems), and text to self connections.
Define success, success, and freedom.
Students will discuss the phrase, "Pursuit of Happiness"
Students Will:


WHAT DO YOU

KNOW ABOUT
THE
AMERICAN
DREAM ?
BRAINSTORMING
you can reach anything you want, if you work for it
you have the right to pursuit of happiness
all men are created equal, regardless of social class or circumstances
The idea that anyone, regardless of background,
can achieve
success through hard work and determination
Individualism:
Puritans
Protestant sect
got persecuted by the Anglican Church
looking for freedom
left England for America
Puritan Society
religious
harsh rules
hard work
value system
Relations to the American Dream
puritans established American Work Ethic
Nowadays
individual dreams
The Puritan's American Dream:
CREATE A NEW WORLD
the American Dream is not really defined
there are different views
the American Dream is changing vision of a better life is different
SUCCESS
Chris Gardner
modern day tale
born on the 9th of February 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Navy, then unsuccessful seller of medical equipment
hard worker
wasn't succeeding
tired of struggling
met Bob Bridge


Chris had only two questions for Bob:
What do you do?
How do you do it?
Took Unpaid Internship
no income for Chris
homeless
slept at public toilets, homeless homes, train stations, etc.
Got the job after his education.
The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Dream -
It is all about Improving the Quality of Life
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
-Declaration of Independence-
Happiness
What is the meaning of happiness? What do you think?
Different meanings to each of us

improving life quality
FREEDOM
HAPPINESS
LIFE
Introduction
brought immigrants
focused on freedom, happiness, & success
ANY QUESTIONS?
Sources:

http://www.americandream.de/startseite/landing?nsctrid=v01MTEyMTExMTExMTExMTEwMTQyMDIwMDAwMDEzNDU3NDY2Mzdjc2VtbGRlREU


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Gardner


http://mith.umd.edu//eada/html/display.php?docs=bradford_history.xml


http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch16s1.html


http://kronn.de/schule/americandream.htm


http://EzineArticles.com/2987853


The United States Declaration of Independence


‘’Of Plymouth Plantation’’ by William Bradford


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_work_ethic
Write your own definition on your sheet of paper.
Success is a vague term! What is it???
List five tangible signs of success:





Why include "regardless of background"? Is this redundant?
American Dream Big Ideas
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
Use an adjective to describe the tone of the poem.

Why does he say that having dreams is important?
"Dreams"
Langston Hughes (1926)
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
“Success” attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
Identify the line you most agree with.

Identify 3 people you think are successful by Emerson's definition.
"A Dream Deferred"
Langston Hughes (1951)
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
What is this poem about?

How does sensory detail help you understand the theme of the poem?
The American Dream
Making Past Connections
Was searching for American Dream!
Success
SO the question is...
Is the American Dream still possible?
What do you think?

http://www.tvspots.tv/video/54329/nike--a-dream-deferred
http://www.traileraddict.com/pursuit-of-happyness/trailer
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