Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry
Author biography.

Lorraine Hansberry
Summary and background information.

A Raisin in the Sun Revisited
This video video (5:08) includes clips from author interviews, the film starring Sidney Poitier, views of contemporary Chicago, and links to lesson materials. The video alone would make a good introduction to study of the play.

Guide to A Raisin in the Sun
"Pursuing the American Dream against Difficult Odds" -- Summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, and research assignments.

How to Close Read the Language of Film
Suggestions for how to teach this skill. Includes stills from the 2008 film of A Raisin in the Sun .

PAL: Lorraine Hansberry
A discussion of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, an extensive bibliography, study questions.

A Raisin in the Sun
A variety of reading strategies to support study of the play, including a directed reading-thinking passage, a 4-corners pre-reading activity, and practice with vocabulary.

A Raisin in the Sun Vocabulary

Words are presented in context, with definitions. Click on each word for more information, including pronunciation and recent usage.

Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work
Students work with character traits, symbolism, and themes. This lesson is designed to go with A Raisin in the Sun and is adaptable to other plays.