American Literature to 1877 Full Year Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Grade Levels
10th - 11th
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Included within this document are lesson plans and activities for an entire year of American Literature to 1877.
The lessons include before, during, and after activities as well as introductory information about authors.
Lesson are designed to keep students engaged while reading, to encourage participation, and to provide meaningful practice.
A variety of lessons are included for many different learning styles from fill in the blank scaffolds to cartooning and creative writing.
Lessons are also included for different learning levels from scaffolded notes to essays.

Table of Contents:
Myths and Legends, slide 4
“Sky Tree,” 27
“How the World Was Made,” 45
“How the Leopard Got Its Claws,” 60
Essay instruction for myth, 80
Colonial Literature, 86
“Of Plymouth Plantation,” 86
Narrative Essay, 108
“The Narrative of the Captivity,” 121
Narrative Essay, 130
“The Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,” 142
Narrative Essay, 158
Ben Franklins Autobiography & Poor, Richard’s Almanac, 165
Expository Essay, 191
“Declaration of Independence,” 195
“The Crisis,” 209
Persuasive Essay, 237
“Speech to the Virginia Convention,” 268
Persuasive Essay, 291

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” 295
“Civil Disobedience,” 315
Persuasive Essay, 340
The Romantic Period
“The Devil and Tom Walker,” 344
Essay, Literary Element Functions, 380
Essay – Should College Athletes be Paid?, 388
“The Minister’s Black Veil,” 404
“The Pit and the Pendulum, 438”
“The Raven,” 484
Poetry Unit on Whitman and Dickenson, 522
Romantic Elements Essay, 603
“Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” 614
Compare and Contrast Essay, 643
“To Build a Fire,” 652
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County, 673”
Essay on Realist Elements, 707
Julius Caesar, 713
Argumentative Essay, 868
Total Pages
869 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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