Connecting with the Themes of “Dreams” and “A Dream Deferred”

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Connecting Your Dreams

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As students compare and contrast these two poems, they will likely be thinking about their own hopes, wishes, and goals in life, and what would happen if they are unable to achieve them. Ask students to consider their most important dream or goal in their lives, and use the Storyboard Creator to make a five-cell depiction of their future dream. 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 Student Example

Background

My name is David, and my parents are immigrants from Russia. My father is a cook at a restaurant, and my mother works in a clothing store in our neighborhood. They arrived in New York 20 years ago, and moved to be near my uncle, who lives in Boston.


Dream

One day, I would like to own my own restaurant. I love to watch my dad cook, and he has taught me a lot of things about authentic Russian cooking. I wish my dad owned the restaurant, because then he could make more of his own hours. His boss is also pretty terrible sometimes.


Why this Dream?

My friend Kevin’s dad owns a restaurant, and makes enough money to support his family well. Kevin’s father is well-respected in the area, and the food his restaurant makes is delicious. His father takes a lot of pride in his food. I would like to make enough money to take care of my mom and dad one day, because they’ve sacrificed so much to take care of me.


Obstacles to My Dream

Some obstacles that might get in the way are not having enough money to open my own restaurant, or trouble getting a loan. I also need to make sure I get good grades so that I can go to a good culinary school when I graduate.


How will I Achieve this Dream?

I will get good grades so that I can attend a very prestigious culinary institute. Then, I will work very hard and make a name for myself in the industry. When I get enough money, I will open a restaurant that has a great atmosphere, good food, and great staff. I will make sure I am a fair boss who treats my employees respectfully.



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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.


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