A Raisin in the Sun

By: Kourtney Ohem and Haley Brooks

Family Heritage

Our theme is about family heritage. It's important to understand and respect your heritage because its a part of you that will always be there. In " The Raisin of The Sun" heritage was something that not many of the characters cared about except for Beneatha. Once she learned about her heritage she made it important to the other characters.


1. Family Tree. This song talks about this boys family heritage and if he will follow in his fathers footsteps or if he will follow in the family footsteps. These lyrics talk about his family heritage.


"It's your messed up family tree

And all you're left with all these questions.

Are you gonna be like your father was and his father was?

Do you have to carry what they've handed down?

No, this is not your legacy

This is not your destiny

Yesterday does not define you

No, this is not your legacy"

2. These are my People. This song is a little different from the last song, it talks about how he grew up in the south and his "family" is his friends and real family. He came from the south and will always act like a cowboy because thats what he is use to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly5Nhca-tZY

"Well we grew up down by the railroad tracks

Shootin' b.b.'s at old beer cans

Chokin' on the smoke from a lucky strike

Somebody lifted off of his old man

We were football flunkies

Southern rock junkies

Crankin' up the stereo

Singin' loud and proud to gimme three steps

Simple Man, and Curtis Lowe

We were good you know These are my people

This is where I come from"

3. Where i come from. This song is also about the south and how he is proud of it and thats what he will embrace. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV292aZuYEo

"I don't know about that accent son

Just where did you come from

I said where I come from

It's cornbread and chicken

Where I come from a lotta front porch sittin'

Where I come from tryin' to make a livin'

And workin' hard to get to heaven

Where I come from"

Novels/ Short Stories/ Plays

1. Call Me Maria

by :Judith Ortiz Cofer

This is about fifteen-year-old Maria who is caught between two worlds—Puerto Rico, where she was born, and New York, where she now lives with her dad in a basement apartment. She struggles to lose her accent and fit into her New York life, and finds herself turning to poetry to express her feelings on culture clash. This connects to our theme because she comes from puerto- rico, so she has all these traditions and she does things that they would do back home. Now that she is living in new york, she will have to choose if she wants to have another heritage. For example, a new style of clothes, new foods and many more.

2. Cinderella

by: Brother Grimm

Cinderella is a character of a woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. This play shows our theme because it talks about how cinderella is raised up. You get to see how her life is and how she doesn’t belong with her heritage.

Magazine Articles

1. Brazil's African Heritage

This website had info about Afro-Brazilians and how they represent the largest ethnic group in Brazil, making up more than 49 percent of the population. Their influence on Brazilian culture as a whole is significant, spanning cuisine, literature, sports, art, religion, dance rhythms and more. This site talks about fun facts and discusses the culture and heritage of Brazil's africans. http://www.tnj.com/departments/headliner/brazils-african-heritage

2. World Heritage

This site talks about Cuzco in Peru, Angkor in Cambodia, or the famous rock city of Petra in Jordan. Or old city centres, such as Rome in Italy, or Sana'a in Yemen. http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/magazine-articles/world-heritage

Organizations/ Leaders

1. Young leaders Program. The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing outreach to younger audiences. They offer young conservatives from around the country Washington, DC’s best internship program. This group connects to our theme because they get younger kids to know about where they come from. Just like beneatha, they want the girls and boys to know more about their background. http://www.heritage.org/about/internships-young-leaders/young-leaders-program

2.Utah Divisions of art and museums. This is a course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day institute with instructions on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. This organization really gets the point across about how important it is to know your heritage.



Slumdog Millionaire.

This movie connects to our theme because it shows in several scenes their heritage. This movie is about a young man who goes on the show "who wants to be a millionaire but the indian version. As the host is asking each question the man has flash backs to his childhood, that helps him answer each question. The woman wear hijab’s around their heads. The producers show how the little boy grew up. What he went through and how he grew up in poverty. This shows his religious background and all the traditions his family had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIzbwV7on6Q

300 Rise of The Empire

This movie shows a lot with heritage because the leader is standing on this huge platform and you can tell he is important so he must be the ruler, the clothes they wear are very medieval and that must be the way they dress. It shows you the empire they live in and the swords they use. You get to see a lot of their heritage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx8gzJIA_gs