Writers of the Early 20th Century (1900-1950) has 24 graphic organizers which represent a wide variety of men and women that made important contributions to the world of English-language writing in the first half of the 20th century. There are many more than 24 excellent or representative writers from this period of course, and I do could not hope to include all of them in one unit. I have tried to include a good representation of writers of different genres. All the writers represented here wrote their works in English.
The writers are: Willa Cather, Agatha Christie, e e cummings, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E.M. Forster, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Aldous Huxley, Jack London, W. Somerset Maugham, A.A. Milne, Carl Sandburg, John Steinbeck, H.G. Wells, Edith Wharton, Thornton Wilder, P.G. Wodehouse, Thomas Wolfe, Virginia Woolf, and Richard Wright.
Students are asked to complete basic information about each writer: birthplace, birth date, death date, genre, an interesting fact, their main works, and how their writing reflected (or did not) the era in which they wrote.
The organizers have been designed to be used individually or together. Students may be given these as independent assignments or to accompany a larger essay or research topic. They may be used to compare and contrast one author with another or as part of a class presentation. You may wish to use only some of the organizers - they are fully independent of one another.
The organizers are open-ended enough so that you will be able to give students more detailed instructions on how you would like them completed. In the answer key I have included three samples of the writer’s works. There are answer keys provided for each writer – I have included the factual information required, a couple of interesting facts on the writer and their historical significance, and three examples of each of their works.