The Founders' American Dream

The Founders' American Dream

American Dream Quick Write


Think back over the reading, thinking, and writing you have done to this point. What do you think the Founders would have considered the American Dream?

Complete the following sentence.

  • According to the Founders, the American Dream is . . .

Write and then share your responses with the class. What do you notice about your classmates’ responses? Is there consensus, or do people disagree?

Dialectical Journal

Work Time

Independently, create and compose a Close Reading Dialectical Journal entry explaining why you chose the particular quotations you did. What do they reveal about the Founders’ vision?

Journal Entry 5


Complete Journal Entry 5 by answering the following questions.

  • What was the Founders’ vision for the American Dream?
  • Based on your observations, has this vision endured?
  • What, if anything, would you change about this vision?


Independent Reading and Journal Entry


For homework, continue reading your Independent Reading selection and completing your Independent Reading Dialectical Journal entries.