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Pena - College/Career/Future Project: Assignment

Assignment

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.

Requirements:

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.

  • Colleges
  • Technical schools
  • Performing arts schools
  • Careers
  • Neighborhoods to live in
  • Children

II. What do I need to do in high school to achieve my dream?

  • Do you need to graduate high school to achieve this dream?
  • Provide specific information about classes at the school and how they will help you achieve the dream.
  • Provide specific information about clubs, activities, sports, and/or jobs and internships that will help you gain experience in your dream field.
  • What are the statistics of someone like you graduating high school? Think about race and gender.

III. What do I need to do in college to achieve my dream?

  • Pick a college or a trade school that will help you achieve your dream. What are the requirements to enter this school? How much does it cost?  If your dream does not include college, then what will you do during the typical college years between 18-22 to achieve the dream.
  • Provide specific information about the school program and classes and how they will help you achieve the dream.
  • Provide specific information about summer jobs and internships that will help you gain experience in your dream field.
  • What are the statistics of someone like you graduating college? Think about race and gender.

IV. What do I need to do to get my dream career?

  • Provide specific information about the criteria to get your career. What skills are they looking for?
  • Explain the top companies or jobs in your field. What do you have to do on a day to day basis? What are your responsibilities once you get your job?
  • List salary, benefits and the potential to move up in your field.
  • What are the statistics of someone like you getting a career like this? Think about race and gender.

V.  What do you want to achieve in your personal life?

  • Decide if you want children and if so, how many? Find out how much it will cost to have your dream family?
  • Pick an area to live in and find out how much a typical house costs that will fit your dream family. How much are the taxes? Make sure you can eventually afford this on your salary.