watch: "A Raisin in the Sun" an introduction to the play, with interviews with Phylicia Rashad, the actors, and a number of scholars of Lorraine Hansberry and African American literature. This video guide includes commentary on the play's path to Broadway, biographical information about the Hansberry family's fight for housing, the play's cultural significance and Hansberry's lasting legacy.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - Themes, Symbols, and Motifs: Using Storyboard That's Grid layout, students can create storyboards to visualize key themes, symbols, and motifs from A Raisin in the Sun! These storyboards can serve as an additional A Raisin in the Sun summary and is just one of the many A Raisin in the Sun activities that we have in our lesson plan.
Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. She wrote A Raisin in the Sun, a play about a struggling black family, which opened on Broadway to great success. Hansberry was the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award. Throughout her life she was heavily involved in civil rights. She died at 34 of pancreatic cancer.
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