Title: Analyzing the Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Students examine ways in which life events of a poet influence the poetry written. After researching Emily Dickinson's biography, students analyze her poetry and present a collage depicting one poem. The lesson can be easily adapted to the study of many other poets.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (9-12) 11:
Title: Faulkner's ''As I Lay Dying'': Form of a Funeral
This unit of five lessons, from EDSITEment, features lessons exploring the narrative voices and social concerns in William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying. In these lessons, students explore Faulkner's place in American literary history, research Faulkner's Southin the context of the historical South, and understand the use of multiple voices in narration.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 9:
Title: Kate Chopin's ''The Awakening'': Searching for Women and Identity in Chopin's ''The Awakening''
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine how gender roles in nineteenth-century America affect the choices made by the central character in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. They analyze Edna Pontellier's character development specifically in relation to other characters in the novella and generally in relation to women's roles in 19th-century America.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 6:
Title: Kate Chopin's ''The Awakening:'' No Choice but Under?
This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, encourages students to explore the chronological and geographical context of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. This lesson serves both as an introduction to the curriculum unit--with its overarching themes, questions, and objectives--as well as a lesson on Chopin in context.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 6:
Title: Kate Chopin's ''The Awakening'' : Chopin, Realism, and Local Color in late 19th Century America
This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the attributes of literary realism and local color in writing, as reflected in Kate Chopin's The Awakening.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 6:
Title: Walt Whitman's Notebooks and Poetry: The Sweep of the Universe
In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students read the poetry of Walt Whitman to determine how he attempts to combine universal themes with individual experiences and feelings. Additionally, students reflect on how Whitman used his experiences in the Civil War in his poetry.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 33:
Title: Life on the Great Plains
In this four-part EDSITEment lesson, students examine the concept of geographic region by exploring the history of the Great Plains. They explore the concept of region and learn how culture and experience influence the perception of regions, investigate the relationships between physical geography and human systems of culture and settlement, trace the history and character of a region as reflected in literature and art, and examine factors that influenced westward expansion in the United States.
Standard(s): [SS2010] HGEO (9-12) 4:
Title: Varying Views of America
Students work together to analyze three poems about America with varying points of view.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 31:
Title: Walt Whitman to Langston Hughes: Poems for a Democracy
In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the idea of democratic poetry by reading Whitman's words in a variety of media, examining daguerreotypes taken circa 1850, and comparing the poetic concepts and techniques behind Whitman's I Hear America Singing and Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again. Finally, using similar poetic concepts and techniques, students have an opportunity create a poem from material in their own experience.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 30:
Title: Letters from Emily Dickinson: ''Will You Be My Preceptor?''
In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore Emily Dickinson's poetry as well as her letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson and her sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. They work individually and in groups to reflect on Dickinson's views and the process by which she writes; assume the role of a critic/correspondent and analyze Dickinson's poetry, specifically noting the effectiveness of her persona; and, finally, emulate her writing style while, at the same time, synthesizing what they've learned about poetic voice in a poetry-writing exercise.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 4:
Title: Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible''
In this EDSITEment lesson, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. Students examine some of Miller's historical sources: biographies of key players and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves. The students also read a summary of the historical events in Salem and study a timeline. The students then read The Crucible itself.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 2:
Title: Mark Twain and American Humor
In lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students analyze the use of literary conventions and devices to develop character and point of view in Mark Twain's The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. They investigate the purposes and significance of literary humor and examine Mark Twain's storytelling style in relation to that of other American humorists.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (12) 39:
Title: Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, and the Unreliable Biographers
In this EDSITEment lesson, students become literary sleuths, attempting to separate biographical reality from myth. They also become careful critics, taking a stand on whether extra-literary materials such as biographies and letters should influence the way readers understand a writer's texts.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 31:
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Courage
In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students explore the values of courage and patriotism in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. They closely read Chapter 23 and compare it with a more traditional tale of combat and a systematic look at an early reviewer's accusations. Using their new understanding, students are asked to select one of three published endings to The Red Badge of Courage best suited to their understanding of Crane's exploration of values in the novel.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 14:
Title: Perspectives on the Slave Narrative
This lesson, from EDSITEment, introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave(1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass(1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. Students learn about the slave narrative and its importance in the abolitionist movement, gain experience in working with the slave narrative as a resource for historical study, evaluate the slave narrative as a work of literature, examine the slave narrative in the context of political controversy as an argument for abolition, and explore themes of self-actualization and spiritual freedom within the slave narrative.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US10 (10) 12:
Title: 'The Red Badge of Courage'': A New Kind of Realism
In this lesson, from EDSITEment, students compare specific excerpts from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage to first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, in text and images. They also list elements of Crane's style that contribute to the novel's realism. To conclude, they create a first-person account that employs the basic stylistic characteristics of The Red Badge of Courage.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 32:
Title: Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture
Using excerpts from the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, comics, and songs from different musical genres, students examine the characteristics of transcendentalism.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (10) 35:
Title: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''The Yellow Wall-paper''-The ''New Woman''
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students study the historical context of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story, The Yellow Wall-paper. Students focus particular attention on the economic conditions and social roles of 19th-century middle-class women.
Standard(s): [SS2010] US11 (11) 2:
Title: Black Poetry Day is celebrated.
Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (11) 32: