Lesson 1 (from Flying Scots: In Search of a Dream)
In Flying Scots: In Search of a Dream, The "American dream" characterizes America. The concept refers to the continuing belief that people can rise above humble beginnings by hard work, honesty and thrift to reach a position of power and influence in America. Independence from Britain 150 years ago transforms this idea into a workable tradition. This lesson will discuss the "American dream."
Class Discussion: What does the author say about the "American dream" in this chapter?
Small Group Activity: Research how this dream influenced those immigrating to the United States during the 19th century. From where did they come? Why did they choose to come to America? How did their dream compare to the reality of life in the United States at that time?
Class Discussion: Have the students share their research. Create a graphic organizer listing the students' research and responses. What can be...
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