I created this assignment so that students could explore American literature and history in more depth. This project asks students to focus on one era of American literature and examine its historical and social make-up, literary products, and social movements.
I enjoy this project because it's something I wish I had time to do throughout the year but can't fit in due to our AP exam. I also find that it prepares students for AP Literature their senior year.
This activity starts with an overview and graphic organizer, then provides two pages of information that summarizes six eras of American Literature: Colonial through Postmodern.