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A RAISIN IN THE SUN Unit and Materials


This engaging unit takes students from pre-reading activities through the final exam. Includes ALL TeachNovels resources for this play.


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Lessons, activities, and materials align to Common Core and address symbolism, craft, characterization, theme development, historical context, and more.

A Raisin in the Sun Unit Bundle:

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

Reading Quizzes (with answer keys):

  • Reading 1: Act I
  • Reading 2: Act II
  • Reading 3: Act III

Projects and Essays (extension and culminating tasks):

  • Symbols in the Sun (presentation)
  • Hansberry’s Themes
  • Historical Context (research report)
  • Primary Source Gallery
  • Characters and Points of View
  • Author’s Style: Word Choice
  • Setting the Stage (design contest)
  • An Unfamiliar Symbol
  • “It’s Life, Mama!” (personality test)
  • 1961 Film (viewing guide and critique)
  • The American Dream (debate)
  • Feminist Perspective (debate)
  • Comparing Literature (presentation)
  • One Scene for Stage or Screen (performance)
  • The Lost Scene (creative writing)
  • Forms of Racism (A Raisin in the Sun essay)
  • Cutting a Character (argument)
  • Original Artwork

Test Maker (with answer keys):

  • 51 recall and comprehension questions
  • 55 literary knowledge and analysis questions
  • 27 short answer prompts
  • 12 extended response / essay prompts

Resource Notes: A Raisin in the Sun Unit

  • Modifying or omitting A Raisin in the Sun lessons that do not align to your unit goals will NOT interfere with the rest of the unit.
  • Files are PPTX (presentations), PDF, and DOCX.
  • A Raisin in the Sun materials can be printed as-is (PDF) or modified in MS Word or Google Docs (DOCX).