Youth and Social Justice: American Dream Research Project
Introduction: In this unit we have been focusing on poverty and social class in America. The groups we have focused on are clearly not living the American Dream. A broad definition of this term according to Wikipedia is, “The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. In this project, you will create your path to your American Dream by researching specifics on how to get there. We will mainly focus on how to achieve your dream career by researching high school, college and job requirements. Then you can research your personal ambitions such as family and the neighborhood and home you want to live in. You will also think about the realistic challenges of achieving everything taking into consideration money, gender and race.
1. You will present your findings using Google Presentation or Power Point.
2. You will be required to use 5 different sources. You will create a works cited page using the MLA format.
3. You will use the format below to create your project. Answer the questions and provide the most detail that you can using specific evidence.
4. You will share your path to your dream in a 5-7 minute presentation.
Your American Dream
I. What is your definition of the American Dream? Explain your dreams and ambitions (within in reason). You need to pick a specific field of employment to focus on.
II. What do I need to do in high school to achieve my dream?
III. What do I need to do in college to achieve my dream?
IV. What do I need to do to get my dream career?
V. What do you want to achieve in your personal life?