With this set of resources, you will have a full year's worth of materials for teaching the American literature from America's beginnings to today. If you are new to an American Literature course/junior English, or if you are veteran teacher looking to make some changes, address differentiation, or add diversity, this comprehensive resource will provide you more than enough material to do a great job – with as little prep for you as possible!
For each time period through the course of American Literature, I’ve provided complete teaching packs for some key canonical pieces to represent the time period as well as carefully curated paired texts throughout to bring in the much-needed diversity. There is a mix of fiction, nonfiction, informational texts, and poetry from a variety of authors.
Throughout the course of these units, students will read, write, create, present, and most of all learn and grow. You can pick and choose what works for you, or use the entire curriculum to cover state reading, writing, and speaking standards in a year’s time. Not only will students be reading great American literature, but also they will be researching and writing along the way.
Each time period starts with a carefully crafted, classic PPT designed to frame the unit and explain to students why studying American Literature can enrich their lives. This resource will provide the rigor and relevancy you need with as much engaging and energizing elements that your teens will enjoy as well.
Included for Beginnings/Colonialism/Puritanism:
-Native American Creation Myth Short Research Project
-Trail of Tears Seminal Texts Mini Unit, Native American Literature
-“Up on the Burning” Bradstreet, Puritan Literature *with The Crucible
-Ransom of Red Chief movie guide
Included for Enlightenment:
-Ben Franklin’s Autobiography Unit with paired text
“Speech in the Virginia Convention,” Patrick Henry Unit with paired poetry
-Oluadah Equiano “Interesting Life” unit with paired text
-Soul Surfer Movie Guide
Included for American Romanticism and Dark Romanticism:
- Walden Unit (Transcendentalism)
-“Soul Selects Her Own Society” Dickinson Poetry Mini Unit, in the "Rose for Emily" Unit
-“Tell the truth tell it slant” Dickinson Poetry Mini Unit
-“Upton Wood” Poetry Mini Unit
-Poe Biography Viewing Guide (includes digital version)
-Sleepy Hollow, Irving mini unit with paired text
Included for Realism
-"To Build A Fire" Mini Unit (includes digital version)
-"Soldier’s Home" Unit with paired text and poetry
-Twain Biography Viewing Guide
-Red Badge of Courage movie viewing guide
-Sojourner Truth “Ain’t I a Woman”
Included for Moderns
-Trifles Mini Drama Unit with paired poetry
-"Rose for Emily" with paired text and poetry
-Gatsby movie guide (includes digital version)
- “Stopping by Woods” Poetry Mini Unit
-A League of Their Own movie guide
Included for Post Modernism/Contemporary
-"The Pedestrian," Bradbury Mini Unit
-The Crucible, Miller Full Drama Unit (Can also be taught in the Beginnings Period) (includes digital version)
-A Raisin in the Sun movie viewing guide
-Martin Luther King, JR. Text Mini Unit
- Introduction lesson for each time period in a classic, no fuss editable PPT with key events, quotes, writers, pictures, and a slide to explain why we study American lit and a short editable quiz
- Foldable for notes to coincide with each time period PPT
- Final exam with answers, editable
-Modern, classroom posters
-Printable plans in two formats for administration and you: daily pacing guide and detailed weekly lesson plans
-Printable lesson plans with each text included for administration and you!
- Beautiful, age-appropriate design on every page to draw your students into reading, writing, analyzing, discussing, and learning!
**Download the preview file to receive free sample pages!
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