Looking to add life to your unit on American Realism, Naturalism, or Regionalism? This digital download will offer you everything you'll need to access a complete unit's worth of Prezi slides, Google Slides, concept maps, graphic organizers, illustrated timelines, discussion prompts and more -- over 60 slides in all (with more than 100 visuals), compiled over seven years of teaching this unit to high schoolers ranging from co-taught special education classes to AP literature students. Save yourself hours (if not DAYS) of unit planning and adapt this fully editable Prezi unit slideshow to your needs.
***(UPDATED 2/14 Based on the feedback of a recent TPT'er, I wanted to offer some product clarification: the original product contains 30+ Prezi Slides. Since everyone's realism unit will invariably differ, the goal is to provide you with easily adaptable resources that can help you quickly tailor a Realism unit containing ANY work from this time period, not specific multiple choice style questions for every work listed or Scantron exams with "right" and "wrong" answers. Regardless, I want the product to work for as many classrooms as possible -- so I've gone back in and added an additional 20 vocabulary term study flashcards, plus 30 new Google Slides to this resource that pair sample slide presentations with more detailed prompts, discussion ideas, and teacher speaker notes so you can see how the unit might come together for you. Again, versatility for such a massive themed unit is absolutely crucial.)***
Ok, back to the original product description. Hopefully this clears up any confusion. And thanks for bearing with me!
For the right-brained teacher who plans best with videos and visuals:
The download contains a MASSIVE Prezi containing more than a hundred slides, images, embedded videos, and instructional activities. If you're looking for creativity, the Prezi is loaded with more ideas than you could ever possibly hope to teach in a single unit. Treat it like a Pinterest Page or a digital look book -- it's really something of a one stop shop of creativity and student engagement.
For the left-brained teacher in need of a more structured approach:
No problem! Embedded in the Prezi you'll see daily quiz ideas, text-specific discussion questions, text excerpts and prompt questions, and custom graphic organizers designed for teaching your unit on American Realism to ensure the high levels of student engagement throughout. Best part: every activity is designed to be completely modular, which allows teachers incredible flexibility when planning the sort of instruction that best suits the unique needs of their classes.
This resource was originally designed to correspond with the Holt Elements of Literature: Essentials of American Literature, 5th Course -- but is easily adapted to any other works of American Realism. The Prezi slideshow includes sample activities and ideas for reading, discussion, and analysis of each of excerpts or selections from any of the following texts:
+ The Gettysburg Address
+ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
+ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Harriet A. Jacobs
+ An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
+ A Pair of Silk Stockings
+ A Mystery of Heroism
+ War is Kind
+ To Build a Fire
+ Man is the Lowest Animal
+ The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Using a different textbook? Don't panic. This digital download comes with an editable link to the original Prezi, which will allow you the ability to add and subtract content and activities to fit the particular needs of your text -- and you still get to save yourself HOURS (if not days) of unit planning because the thematic through-lines, in-class activities, and lesson objectives remain consistent and highly adaptable no matter which texts your curriculum may require.
The Google Slides Supplement offers insight in how you can adapt the unit to include:
+ The Awakening
+ The Yellow Wall-Paper
+ Unit-specific vocabulary with electronic flashcards
+ Real-world psychological reforms and discoveries of the 19th-21st centuries, including prompts informed by the works of Thomas Story Kirkbride, Abraham Maslow, and Carol Dweck.
For teachers looking to mix things up with kinesthetic activities, student-centered discussion, and possible small group activities: the star of this unit is the coordinate plane graphic organizer. Check out this activity for an OUTSTANDING tool for student-centered text discussion and analysis. Revisit this activity throughout the unit to help students identify trends and patterns between texts, and, as you read each new story, student-centered instruction prompts and the clear graphic organizers that this unit provides helps keep students engaged. Use it any way you'd like -- this tool makes for a powerful handout or daily prompt for class discussion!
Let's keep it real: unit planning takes a ton of work, and American Realism can be pretty dry without proper scaffolding and support. This resource covers a TON of content, saves you countless hours of planning, and will help your students make clear sense of one of the most significant periods in American Literature. Easy to use, easy to edit, and easy to adapt to the unique needs of your class and curriculum!
I hope you enjoy this unit, and thanks for checking out my store!
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