Pamela Principe
During Reading Strategies

Use response notes and coding the text

As students are reading Raisin in the Sun, highlight specific quotes, themes and symbols that are prevelent in the play. Stop and record their findings.

For this activity, the class divides into three groups, each one assigned one of these three characters: Lena Younger (Mama), Ruth Younger, or Beneatha Younger. Each group then discusses what its character's attributes are, how that character perceives the world, and why that character is important to the family. The groups will share the results of their discussion with the whole class.

Students, in this activity, will explore the issue of housing discrimination. For instance, in the late 1950s, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission called Chicago "the most residentially segregated large city in the nation." In 1966, Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. initiated a campaign to end discrimination in housing, employment, and schools in Chicago. The attention King and others drew to the situation led to the Federal Fair Housing Act. Students will read the Department of Justice report at Then, they will have a class discussion about rights of private groups and property owners, and the rights of people to not be discriminated against. Students should discuss items in the news, such as the lack of women members at the Augusta National Golf Course, home of important annual tournament. After coming up with several topics, students then divide into groups, with each group creating arguments for and against the rights of private individuals and the rights organizations to be exclusive.