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A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Pixton Lesson Plan on A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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Pixton Lesson Plan on A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings historical fiction to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Main Characters

A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Walter Lee Younger from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Walter Lee Younger

    The protagonist, dreams of being wealthy

  • Beneatha Younger from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Beneatha Younger

    Walter’s sister

  • Mama (Lena) Younger from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Mama (Lena) Younger

    Walter and Beneatha’s mother

  • Ruth Younger from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Ruth Younger

    Walter’s wife and Travis’s mother

  • Travis Younger from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Travis Younger

    Walter and Ruth’s son

  • Joseph Asagai from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Joseph Asagai

    A Nigerian student in love with Beneatha

  • George Murchison from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    George Murchison

    A wealthy, African-American man who dates Beneatha

  • Mr. Karl Lindner from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Mr. Karl Lindner

    The only white character in the play, neighbor to the Youngers

  • Bobo from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Bobo

    One of Walter’s partners in the liquor store plan

  • Willy Harris from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Willy Harris

    Walter’s friend and coordinator of the liquor store plan

  • Mrs. Johnson from A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    Mrs. Johnson

    The Youngers’ neighbor

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A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

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  • Bed
    Bed
  • Bottle
    Bottle
  • Building
    Building
  • Chair
    Chair
  • Lamp
    Lamp
  • Money
    Money
  • Skyline
    Skyline
  • Sofa
    Sofa
  • Table
    Table
  • Window
    Window
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Teacher Guide

A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Have students read the poem A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes. After analyzing the poem, point out that the title of the play comes from a line in this poem. Discuss the important role Langston Hughes has had as an African American poet, as well as a civil rights leader. Afterwards, make predictions on what this play will be about.

  • Ask students to write a journal response about a dream or goal that they had that did not come true. The dream could be a personal one, or a societal one. Ask volunteers to share their responses.

  • Four Corners Activity - Put four signs in the each corner of the classroom: “Totally Agree," “Somewhat Agree," “Somewhat Disagree," and “Totally Disagree." Read the following statements and ask students to move to the sign that is closest to their opinion. When in their corners ask students to explain or justify their opinion.
  • Finances should be left to the man of the house
  • How you act in a crisis shows who you really are
  • Love conquers all
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Character Sketch

    Begin after the first scene, and made additions throughout

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  • Make a Comic
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the play

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  • Make a Comic
    Symbolism

    Complete at the end of the play

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Having read the play, go back and read A Dream Deferred. Why did Hansberry use this poem to title her play, and how do the two pieces of literature relate?

  • What is Hansberry trying to say about race? Are there multiple messages she is trying to get across to the reader?
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Pixton Activity: A Raisin In The Sun 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from A Raisin In The Sun and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the play. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: A Raisin In The Sun 2 Major Themes

Intro

Three major themes in A Raisin In The Sun are:

  • The value and purpose of dreams
  • The need to fight racial discrimination
  • The importance of family

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the play and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the act and scene in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme.
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: A Raisin In The Sun 3 Symbolism

Instructions

Using the template provided, create a Grid identifying the importance of two symbols in A Raisin in the Sun. Describe their importance, giving two or three examples for each from the text. Your panels should include:

  • A title that identifies the act or scene.
  • A description that explains how the symbol is important in the text.
  • An illustration that matches. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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