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These A Raisin in the Sun lesson plans explore symbolism, character motivation, elements of performance, theme development, historical context, and more.

Resource overview:

  • Pre-reading: 3 lessons
  • Act I: 3 Lessons + discussion set
  • Act II: 3 Lessons + discussion set
  • Act III: 3 Lessons + discussion set
  • After reading: 3 lessons

A Raisin in the Sun Lessons:

  • Introduction and Anticipation Guide
  • The American Dream
  • I Have a Dream Deferred
  • Drama Read-through: Act I, Scene 1
  • A Raisin in the Sun Discussion & Analysis #1
  • Setting the Stage with Words
  • Talking the Talk (Dialogue and Dialect)
  • When It’s NOT an Apple (Symbolism)
  • Drama Read-through: Act II, Scene 1
  • A Raisin in the Sun Discussion & Analysis #2
  • 1950s Chicago, USA (Historical Context)
  • Booker T. and W.E.B.
  • “It’s Life, Mama!” (Characterization)
  • Drama Read-through: Act III
  • A Raisin in the Sun Discussion & Analysis #3
  • A Symbol in the Sun
  • Strong Words Monologue
  • Structure and Tension
  • Hansberry’s Themes
  • To Be Young, Gifted and Black
  • Symbol Poems

A Raisin in the Sun Lesson Plans files:

  • Lesson Plans (PDF) – Includes discussion sets and excerpts for analysis.
  • 20 A Raisin in the Sun handouts (PDFs)
  • 2 Presentation files (PPTX)


  • These A Raisin in the Sun lessons are intended for whole-class instruction, but many activities are appropriate for small-group or individual instruction.
  • This resource is included in the A Raisin in the Sun Complete Unit bundle.