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The American Dream - English III

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Language Arts And English +3 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

The selected images display the development of the American Dream over time. 


Step 1: Review the images and their descriptions (press the " i " button). 

Step 2: In your group, decide on the five images that best support your definition of the American Dream.

Step 3: Identify the time period, the person/people and place featured, and the American Dream referenced. By describing and analyzing each image, evaluate the American Dream. When evaluating, consider the questions below. (Write about 3 sentences per image)

- - - CONSIDER: How do the images reflect the idea of the American Dream? What conclusions can we draw from examining the American Dream through these images? How has the dream changed over time and what does it mean today? Are there any aspects of the American Dream that haven't changed? 

Step 4: Have one member of the group post your analysis to the online Discussion in Canvas. 

Anchor Standard

RI.3.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

United Brewery Workmen

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Fisherman's Dream, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Epic of America

He Envisioned Dreams That Others Might Share, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

32c 19th Amendment single

National Postal Museum

Camas para Sueños

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Plainsman's Dream

Smithsonian American Art Museum

This is America. Keep it Free! [reproduction of photograph on poster]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History

John Lewis and Julian Bond

National Portrait Gallery

Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Portrait Gallery


National Portrait Gallery

Kate Millett

National Portrait Gallery

Basketball signed by members of the U.S. "Dream Team"

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jackpot Machine

Smithsonian American Art Museum

LeBron James

National Portrait Gallery