This mega pack (a 31% discount over buying a la carte) includes background notes, projects, and bundled units on Of Mice and Men, A Raisin in the Sun, and Life in the Iron Mills.
1. American Literature 1914-1946 Background Notes- Notes cover major historical events, characteristics of Modernism, Imagism, Expatriates & "The Lost Generation", new approaches in poetry and stream-of-consciousness, and Harlem Renaissance. Also includes analyzing Robert Frost's "The Mending Wall" in conjunction with WWI. Includes student chart and teacher notes.
2. American Literature 1946+ Background Notes- These notes cover the historical background necessary to understand American Literature written after WWII. Notes cover historical events including the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, and Women's Lib. Literary topics covered include Postmodernism, new forms of poetry and non-fiction, and the rise of works by female and minority authors. Answer key included.
3. American Literature Timeline Project- Great final review project for an American Literature or English 11 class. Students work in groups to represent the 6 major eras (represented by chapters on project sheet) of American literature on one class timeline (works great with bulletin boards)
Each group's piece should include:
o The title of the chapter
o The dates the chapter encompasses
o 5 important historical events and a sentence for each stating how they influenced the time period AND an illustration
o Any other events, world leaders, philosophies, scientific discoveries, etc that influenced the period with a sentence explaining each AND an illustration
o All of the literary movements/beliefs from that chapter, each with at least 2-3 sentences explaining what the movement/belief is about
o At least 2 readings from the text with an illustration, an important quote, AND at least one major theme
4. American Poetry Differentiated Unit Project- Poetry Through the Ages- End of unit project to review forms and characteristics of American poetry through the ages. Projects analyze American poetry from the following eras:
Colonialism/Puritanism (17th century)
Revolutionary movement/Rationalism (18th century)
Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Regionalism, Realism, Naturalism (19th century)
Symbolism/Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, Postmodernism (20th century)
Contemporary poetry (21st century)
Students have 4 project choices (differentiated by interest):
5. Intro to American Romanticism PowerPoint AND Lesson Plan- This PowerPoint accompanies my Intro to American Romanticism Lesson Plan, which includes lesson plan, presentation notes & answer key, and review quiz.
--Goals of 18th century
--New York City
--Romanticism vs. Rationalism
--Development of Gothic novel and lyric poetry
6. Poe Fall of the House of Usher Questions & Journal- "The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's best stories. This document contains a 1-pager, or one page information sheet, study guide questions, and a journal entry assignment.
7. Jigsaw Instructions & Discussion Questions (Red Badge of Courage)- Jigsaws are great ways to cover more information, more in-depth, in a short amount of time. Students start in an expert group, becoming an expert on one topic. They then move to home groups where they teach their group members their topic and learn their group members' topics. This particular jigsaw is based on Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, but the instructions can be adapted to any topic.
8. American Lit Davis Life in the Iron Mills Unit- This short unit covers Rebecca Harding Davis's short story/novella "Life in the Iron Mills" and its connection to Charles Dickens's "Nobody's Story."
Lesson plans for 5 days
Pre-reading research assignment with presentation
Peer evaluation form
Oral presentation rubric
Online link to full text of RHD's story "Life in the Iron Mills"
Full text of Dickens's story "Nobody's story" (along with online link)
Character drawing assignment
9. Of Mice and Men PowerPoint- PowerPoint details historical background necessary to understand John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
10. Of Mice and Men Complete Unit- Teaching American Literature or English 11? John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a great choice for your Modernism unit.
This complete unit includes:
Daily overviews & references
1-pager (1 page overview)
Background Notes- student worksheet and teacher answers (**Accompanying PowerPoint is also available)
American Dream Worksheet
Novel Anticipation Guides (Revisited Post-Reading)
2 Vocabulary Reviews with answer keys
Activities and quizzes for each chapter
Character Handicap Chart
Connection Activity- Langston Hughes's "A Dream Deferred"
Life-Size Character Drawing
Jist Pyramid Review Activity
Essay/Interview Final Activity
11. Of Mice and Men Historical Role Play Trial- Want a detailed, rigorous, and fun way to review and analyze John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men? Why not put George Milton on trial? Students really enjoy this historical role playing exercise, especially when they get to dress for the part.
Trial & Roles Overview
Specific Role Sheets
-Salinas District Attorney(s)
-Milton's Defense Attorney(s)
-Little Girl from Weed
Role Playing Rubric
Written Assignment Rubric
12. Raisin in the Sun Background Research Project Notes & Rubric- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun has become a quintessential part of the American literature canon and is taught throughout high school. It is important that students have a good grasp of the history and background surrounding the play.
This project asks students to use their research to create a PowerPoint presentation, guided notes handout and mini-quiz. Research topics include:
• Elements of Drama
• Lorraine Hansberry
• Langston Hughes
• Civil Rights Movement
• Chicago in the 1960’s
• Segregation and Desegregation
--Research project assignment sheet
--Notes on each research topic
--Group evaluation forms
--Research project rubric
13. Raisin in the Sun Vocabulary List- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun has become a quintessential part of the American literature canon and is taught throughout high school. Depending on the grade level, there may be some terms your students won't understand right away. This list was originally created for 9th grade students and includes terms, definitions, parts of speech, and page numbers.
14. Raisin in the Sun Vocabulary PowerPoint- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun has become a quintessential part of the American literature canon and is taught throughout high school. Depending on the grade level, there may be some terms your students won't understand right away. This PowerPoint was originally created for 9th grade students and includes pictures and definitions.
15. Raisin in the Sun Dreams Essay Project and Rubric- Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun has become a quintessential part of the American literature canon and is taught throughout high school. A great way to connect the play to your students' lives is through their own dreams.
--Personal Narrative Essay assignment sheet
--Tell Me Your Dreams multimedia project assignment sheet
**As always, if you have any questions about this product, please feel free to contact me :)