The Modernism PowerPoint, notes, and accompanying quiz are an introduction to the literature after World War I. The notes can be an introduction to poetry (Eliot, Pound, Lowell, Williams, Stevens and others), and fiction (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and others). The last question on the quiz is such that it can be altered to fit whatever works of Modernism that a class studies.
Virginia Standards of Learning
The student will read, comprehend, and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.
b) Compare and contrast the development of American literature in its historical context.
c) Discuss American literature as it reflects traditional and contemporary themes, motifs, universal characters, and genres.
d) Analyze the social or cultural function of American literature.
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Students will take notes on influences on and common features of modernism in literature.
Students will identify elements of modernism in specific works of modernist literature and explain their connection to the ideas of modernism in short answer.
1. Present PowerPoint while students fill in the notes.
2. Read works of modernism and have students identify techniques form the period.
3. Read works of modernism and have students identify thematic ideas from the period
4. Evaluate students on their understanding of the period and their ability to identify elements of modernism in works read for class.
Show connections to works of the later authors—highlighting the ways in which the ideas of modernism influenced other periods, noting the evolution of concepts and methods.
Possible works to use (there are many, many more beyond this list that could be used)
Authors of fiction:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Modernism Student Notes
Modernism Notes Complete
Modernism Quiz Key
19 slides plus two page quiz