Financing the American Dream


Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension

*How do the course's texts illustrate the American ideals of personal liberty and success?
*What is the importance of money for successful pursuit of the American dream?
*How do gender and race affect a successful pursuit of the American dream?

*Understand development of American literature from 18th to 20th century
*Historical contexts of the texts
*Use of cultural artifacts to generate discussion

*Direct class discussion
*Develop critical abilities as readers
*Improve skills as writers of critical and creative prose
*Have a good time reading, viewing, and discussing the texts
*Prepare and present class meetings, both in collaborative groups and as individuals
*Apply principles of unguided peer reviewing and metacritical self-review for both content and style
*Use techniques of active reading, class note-taking, and test-taking

*midterm exam
*final exam
*fall semester research paper
*2-3 analytical papers
*personal essay
*reading quizzes
*collaborative one act play

Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
Edgar Allen Poe's The Gold Bug
Thoreau's Walden
Charles Chestnut's collected stories
Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Henry James' Daisy Miller
Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
Edith Wharton's House of Mirth
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross

*selected texts provide opportunities for discussions of racial, class, and gender politics and how these affect the attainment of the American dream