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Mr. Farber from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

My students need 125 copies of A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.

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This project expired on May 15, 2014.

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My Students

In his poem "Harlem," Langston Hughes asked, "What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?" In my next unit, I am going to explore with my students not only what happens to a dream deferred, but what dream Hughes was talking about in the first place.

I teach seventh grade English at a public charter school in an inner-city neighborhood that is plagued by violence, drugs, and gangs.

At my school, 87% of my students come from families whose incomes qualify them for free or reduced price meals. Most of the students come to our middle school several years below grade level in reading, and 99% of them are African-American. However, while many of these facts would lead you to predict that my students are low-performing, my students have always been among the highest-performing readers in the city on the state exam.

My Project

For our next unit, we will be learning about what the "American dream" refers to, and we are going to do it by reading Lorraine Hansberry's classic 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun. We will examine the dream that Hughes described in "Harlem" as being deferred, and will examine how Hansberry felt it may have dried up like a raisin in the sun, which of course is the title of her play.

There are only a few copies of Hansberry's award-winning play in my school, but I have 80 students, and we can't afford to order any more books this year.

With the help of your generous donations, my students will be able to receive an opportunity that would otherwise not be available to them. Thank you so much for providing them with such an incredible chance to find out what happens to a dream deferred.

Mr. Farber
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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A Raisin in the Sun • Amazon $4.25 55 $233.75
A Raisin in the Sun • AKJ Books $5.48 70 $383.60

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