The Realism time period in literature is sometimes more real than reality. This 18 slide PowerPoint presentation aligned to the Common Core State Standards is an overview of this time period. Using works of art as inspiration, it highlights a lesson plan for students that has them working in small groups to create a work of art, short story, poem, musical piece or one-act play. Through these group activities, students consider the different aspects of Realism in its historical context. A group project rubric is also included.