A Raisin in the Sun WebQuest
The first major reading we're going to do this year is the award-winning play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. However, before we read, it's important to have a good understanding of the issues surrounding the play as well as the time period in which it was written. Set on the South side of Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun is about an African American family who comes into a large sum of money due to unfortunate circumstances. Despite the major improvements the money can do for the family, the family isn't in agreement on what to do with it. Continue on with this Webquest to learn about the play's and author's background.
Section 1: The Author — Lorraine Hansberry
Section 2: The Original Play / Film
Read the article about the original Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. Explain why/how the play broke new ground in theater. (The video clip just gives a brief overview/preview of the original film version)
Section 3: The Poet — Langston Hughes
- Where was he born?
- Which part of New York did Hughes spend most of his life in?
- What forms of music influenced Hughes’s work?
- Hughes was the first African American author to do what?
- Who did Hughes write for (who was his audience)
Section 4: Jim Crow Laws
Watch these two videos and answer the questions.
Who/what was Jim Crow? Why was he created?
Section 5: Civil Rights Movement (Timeline)
Explain (in one sentence) what major events took place during these years/dates during the Civil Rights Movement.
- 1955 (Aug)
- 1955 (Dec. 1)
- 1957 (Sept)
- 1960 (feb. 1)
- 1963 (Aug. 28)
- 1964 (July 2)
- 1967 (June 12)
- 1968 (April 4)
Section 6: The Black Belt
**There are 3 parts for this section
Part 1: Video (above)
- What was one major reason blacks left the South to move to cities like Chicago and New York?
- Between 1910-1940, the African American population increased by ______% in Chicago
- How did African Americans learn about new job opportunities, train schedules, and more?
Part 2: Compare the 2 maps
Based on the maps, what do you notice about Chicago's black population between 1960-2009?
Part 3: Read the excerpts about the Black Belt (below)