Activity Overview

While reading A Raisin in the Sun, students will inevitably be thinking about their own future dreams and plans, and might be wondering about obstacles that can get in the way. Depending on a student’s race, culture, background, gender identity, and class, their dreams may differ greatly from other students’. Have your students use the Storyboard Creator to make a five-cell depiction of their future dreams and plans. Have them explain what motivated them or prompted them to decide on these dreams, and have them include some fears of obstacles that might get in the way. Have the students present their storyboards and then engage in a class discussion of why dreams are important to have, and to follow.

Connecting to Your Dreams Questions

  • Background
  • Dream
  • Why this Dream?
  • Obstacles to My Dream
  • How will I Achieve this Dream?

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows a dream that you have. Use the template storyboard to guide you.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a short explanation under each cell, using the template to help you.
  3. Depict each cell using any combination of scenes, characters, items, and textables.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/4] Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Connection to Theme
Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in the story, and how you connect with the theme. Illustrate examples from your own life of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identification of Theme
Identified theme is an important take-away message from the story.
Identified a theme, but it is either unclear or missing a key part.
The theme is incorrectly identified.
Examples of Theme
All personal examples support the identified theme.
Most personal examples fit the identified theme.
Most personal examples do not fit the theme.
Illustration of Theme
Images clearly show connection with the theme.
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.

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