Module 2: A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

Samuel French- ISBN: 9780573614637

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Clybourne Park

Bruce Norris

Amazon – ISBN 9781848421783

Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

1.   This is a collaborative activity. Find your group # and group members by clicking on this link. You have a wiki document in the Module 2 shared folder that corresponds to your group #. All group members will have access to the document, and all members must post their materials on this document.
2.   Complete first reads of A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park

All students must read both plays and be able to make comparisons across both plays.

3.  Hold a planning meeting: Deadline February 28.

Group members should hold a virtual, asynchronous meeting determining: 1.  who will be responsible for each of the 11 elements of the assignment, and 2. when drafts for each element should be completed in order to give time for peer review and editing (recommendation – drafts should be due 1 week before submission deadline to give time for review).  Both of these must be worked out by the group by the meeting deadline. All discussions should be recorded in the planning section of the wiki for the professors evaluation.

When making decisions about responsibilities do not have some group members focus on A Raisin in the Sun while other members focus on Clybourne Park. Instead, each group member should be responsible for pages (plot summary, characters, settings, etc.) so they can draw comparisons with and contrasts between both plays. Each group member needs to show their understanding of both plays. Not all eleven elements of the wiki are equal. Those handling simpler tasks should take on more elements than those who accept responsibility for more complex elements.

Students who do not participate in the planning meeting may be reassigned the activity as an individual assignment with a letter grade or lower deduction. You do not want to find yourself in this position. This is an involved assignment; you want to be part of the team getting it done.

4.   Assistance completing/understanding tasks

If you need assistance in completing any of the tasks for the assignment or understanding what you are being asked to do and none of your group members can assist or explain to your satisfaction, contact the professor.  He’s happy to help!

5.   Assessment

Project worth 20% of final grade and assessed by the professor.

  • A = Exemplary work, meets all deadlines, shows a high level of engagement in all aspects of the assignment.
  • B = Complete, deadlines met, all instructions followed.
  • C = May have missed deadlines or not have followed instructions completely (missing content).
  • D or F = Missed deadlines and missing elements clearly indicating that instructions were not followed.

Due March 20, 2020 @ 9 AM