Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome is an excellent example of Naturalism. This lesson provides students with a framework for understanding Naturalism and asks students to apply this information to the text. The first portion of the lesson gives an overview of the movement: students complete a quickwrite to consider ideas related to the movement and then they take notes alongside a PowerPoint presentation about Naturalism.
The second portion of the lesson can be done in two different ways: as a jigsaw in groups or holistically as individuals. If you would prefer to have students work in groups, there are directions for their work, note-taking handouts for them to learn from other groups, and a grading rubric. If you would prefer to have students process the ideas on their own, there is a worksheet that students can complete before a class discussion.
Included in this download are:
- A PowerPoint presentation that includes a quickwrite prompt and notes on Naturalism
- Group work directions and handouts
- A grading rubric for the group work
- A teacher's key with potential responses to the tasks (the key applies to both the individual work and the group work)
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This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Ethan Frome Unit Bundle (click here)
In the complete unit bundle, you will receive:
- A vocabulary bundle with 4 vocabulary lists, 4 vocabulary quizzes with answer keys, plus additional differentiated vocabulary activities
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- This lesson on Naturalism
- An introductory lesson that asks students to analyze poems that share a similar topic to Ethan Frome
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on introducing mood and setting that works well toward the beginning of instruction
- A three-lesson bundle with PowerPoints, worksheets, and "Teacher's Keys" on setting analysis, specifically focused on getting at the symbolic value of passages through close reading
- A "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that asks students to consider the ideas of the book from various expert perspectives
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A lesson that asks students to consider the intersections between the book and a classic song by the rock band the Smiths
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support