American Literature Full Year/Semester Course

American Literature Full Year/Semester Course
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American Literature Full Course! These lessons are designed for 90 minute blocks for a semester but can be divided for 45-50 minute yearlong classes. Both types of classes receive the same credit and cover the same material - one is longer periods for a semester and the other shorter periods for a year.

This bundle is all you need to teach a full year/semester of American literature. It comes with step-by-step and day-by-day lesson plans, activities, handouts, games, quizzes, tests, projects, and optional tasks. Many lessons have hands-on activities that even reluctant learners will get into. You will love having everything for the semester at your fingertips. All you have to do is print, gather materials, and enjoy! Many of the activities can be printed and kept for years. Print once and keep until you retire!

These lessons are rigorous, fun, student-centered, and engaging. You should have no problems accomplishing all of your English goals and objectives for the year. There is actually so much included here that you may need to pick and choose because there may not be enough time to do everything!

The literature pieces are also in order of the time period in the file, so the plans are easy to follow from one unit to the next.

To see previews and descriptions of what is included here, simply click the links below for each lesson. There, you can see thumbnails, previews, and descriptions of what is included. You can also read through the comments section to see what other teachers are saying about these lessons. If you're still not sure about this purchase, check out my free lessons and see what you think.

In addition, most of the zip files include an editable PowerPoint of the tests and quizzes for that unit in case you wish to change anything. Most units also include multiple versions of the same quiz/test to deter cheaters.

Don’t forget that Teachers Pay Teachers accepts purchase orders from schools! If more than one teacher at your school would like this semester-long set, then each additional license is half off! Can't beat that!

I will be adding more to this semester-long bundle to give you more options. I will then have to raise the price accordingly. However, if you have already purchased it, then the additions will be yours for free.

American Literature Full Course Includes:
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First Day of English Class uses "English is a Crazy Language" by Richard Lederer and idiom fun.

Native American Literature Unit:
"Walum Olum"
"Calling One's Own"
"Come with Me Now Through Time and Mind"
"Why the Mole Lives Underground"
"An Indian Father's Plea"
Activities and Final Test

Colonial American Literature Unit:
"A Description of New England" by John Smth
"Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford"
Advertising lessons with project along with reflective writing & rubric
Final Test

Puritan Poetry Unit:
"Upon the Burning of Our House" by Anne Bradstreet
"Huswifery" by Edward Taylor
Activities and Final Test

”Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”:
"Sinners" sermon with activities
"The Beauty of the World"
Non-fiction piece about Jonathan Edwards by Simon Vibert
Final Test
*One of my favorite units due to all the great activities that students enjoy! Yes, students can have fun during this unit on older literature!

Crucible Bundle:This is an 80 page bundle of all my Crucible products.
Pre-reading and Post-reading Activities Bundle - 8 unique activities dealing with character, primary texts, expository writing scaffolding, etc.
Quizzes in multiple versions for each act
Review Game
Final test in 2 versions

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
This unit contains daily lesson plans, bell ringers, vocabulary tasks, real-life connections, editable quizzes, editable final test, and project with rubric. It also contains plenty of activities that require higher order thinking, drawing, discussion, reading non-fiction relative texts, analysis, creativity, application, competitions, close reading, video suggestions, synthesis, and more.

Patrick Henry’s “Speech to the Virginia Convention” includes the speech and final test along with logos, pathos, and ethos hands-on lesson.

Ben Franklin Bundle: This 62 page bundle includes all of my Ben Franklin products.
Excerpts from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Reading guides, vocabulary, reading quiz, final test
Aphorism Activity
Hands-on Success fun covering lots of info about Franklin's accomplishments
"The Whistle"
Moral Perfection Personal Analysis Application
Final Test

”The Devil and Tom Walker” has reading quiz, game, vocabulary, activities, and final test.

”The Birthmark” has step-by-step instructions, bell ringers, vocabulary activities for 30 words, vocabulary quiz in 2 versions, final test, answer keys, editable file for quizzes and test.

”The Fall of the House of Usher” has reading quiz, abridged version of story, original version of story, reading guide that works with both versions, close reading and drawing fun, vocabulary puzzle, hands-on plot activity, & final test.

Moby Dick Unit:
Excerpt from Moby Dick with reading guide
Vocabulary with quiz
Cause-effect Essay with rubric for grading
Quiz on Movie
Romanticism analysis
Final test

”Cask of Amontillado” foldie covers character, narrator, point of view, 3 types of irony, and more!

"Poe Death Theory Debate" involves research, communication, evaluation, and reflection.

”Thanatopsis” and “Psalm of Life”:
"Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant
"Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hands-on Fun Activity
Parody comparison
Final test

Emily Dickinson Poetry is a 3 day lesson that uses stations to cover 8 short poems of Emily Dickinson and a drawing/pennant activity with analysis, writing, and presentation to cover 10 more. The lesson comes with bell ringers also. It may seem like a lot to cover that many poems in 3 days, but the activities are designed in such a way that the students will enjoy it and really learn a lot about Dickson's poetry without being overwhelmed.

”Old Ironsides”- USS Constitution is a poem analysis and real-world, poetry writing extension lesson.

Understanding Transcendentalism is a great way for students to familiarize themselves with this complex term.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Unit:
Excerpts from "Self-Reliance"
Excerpts from "The American Scholar"
Excerpts from "Nature"
Critical thinking and analysis task card activity
Final test

Henry David Thoreau Unit
Excerpt from "Civil Disobedience"
Excerpt from "Walden"
Quote fun activity
Nature poetry writing
Reading/thinking guides
Final test

Frederick Douglass Unit:This is a 46 page bundle of my Frederick Douglass lessons.
Excerpt from My Bondage and My Freedom
Excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
"A Parody"
Reading guides/tasks
Douglass Webquest
Nightjohn movie quiz and comparison to Douglass activity - optional
Final test

"Desiree's Baby" has reading/thinking guide with cause-effect task and a quiz.

Queen by Alex Haley has summaries and quizzes for all 3 parts of this mini-series.

"To Build a Fire" by Jack London
Covers 25 Vocabulary Words with Hands-On Vocabulary Poster Task with Rubric
Vocabulary Quiz in 2 versions - editable
Station Activity with Analysis and Synthesis Questions
Relative Bell Ringers
Final Test in 2 Versions - editable

The Great Gatsby Interactive Notebook for Entire Novel:
Chapter quizzes
Vocabulary activities
Bell work that leads into each day's lesson
Reading quides
Notebook grading rubric
Poem project
Final test

The Secret Life of Bees complete novel unit:
So many engaging activities!
Project-based learning
Quizzes and final test
Movie review with rubric

Fahrenheit 451 bundle: This is a 76 page bundle of all my Fahrenheit 451 lessons.
Quizzes on each section and final test on novel
Lapbook project
Review game

”A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote comes with vocabulary exploding box activity, reading quiz, parts of speech competitive task, Great Depression analysis task, and final test.

"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin comes with an emoji close reading activity and quiz.

"37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police" by Martin Gansberg. This is a nonfiction article from The New York Times. This lesso comes with a Police Incident Report close reading activity, RAFT writing and evaluting task, and options for real-world extension.

Plot Pyramid Activity to use with any short story.

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You are also welcomed to email me any time with questions - selenasmith100@gmail.com

This is over 1000 pages of great stuff!!! Since most of these are bundles and units, you are saving on top of saving! These would be much more purchased unbundled.

Still not sure if this bundle is right for you? Email me at selenasmith100@gmail.com for a FREE sample.
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If you want writing units, sub plans, and more to supplement American literature, click American Liteature Plus Writing & More for over 1200 pages! This link includes the above American Literature product.



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