Week 2: Intro to The American Dream


Welcome to week two! The American Dream: we’ve all heard of it, but is it the same for everyone? Is it even a thing anymore? This week, we’ll create a working definition of the American Dream and discuss its history, how it has changed, and barriers one may face when pursuing their Dream. You will also have an opportunity to create plans for your American Dream.

Monday, August 24
  1. “What is your American Dream?” Video by UCLA and AEIOU Padlet
  2. American Dream Zoom Chat Discussion
  3. How has the American Dream changed?
Tuesday, August 25
  1. Your American Dream Timeline Mini-Project (scroll down for details and directions)
Wednesday, August 26 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

Thursday, August 27
  1. American Literature Course Pre-assessment
Friday, August 28
  1. How to log in through Clever for access to the Springboard textbook
  2. Assignment: American Dream OPTIC Analysis

This week, you will start on your American Dream timeline mini-project!

  1. You will create a timeline with a starting point of your current grade/age and an ending point of ten years from now. You should be between the ages of 26-28, depending on your current age. What does YOUR American Dream include? Be specific and make sure you have a place for every age (10 years; 3 bullet points each year).
    • What are your plans and what will you do to be successful between now and then? Please remember everyone’s idea of what the “American Dream” looks like is different. Some may include going to college, getting married and starting a family, while others may only include doing what is necessary to ensure they are financially stable. Please make sure you are considering EACH step in your journey. For example, if you would like to attend college, make sure that taking the SAT/ACT is on your timeline, as it is a requirement for college admission.
  2. Your timeline should be colorful, creative and detailed. You have choice in your presentation. You can draw and color your timeline by hand and upload a picture, or use online tools such as Google Slides/PowerPoint, Canva.com, Adobe Spark, or any other digital software to illustrate your timeline.
  3. A 3-4 paragraph response that describes what’s included your “American Dream” is mandatory. This should be an extension of your bullet points.

We will start on this in class on Tuesday, and you will have Wednesday and Thursday to complete it. Please make sure to take advantage of class time by asking questions and working diligently. Your project with the writing component (two separate files) is due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 27th. Please click here for your rubric and checklist!

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