American Literary Movement Timeline
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or PartnerCommon Core Standards
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/11-12/9] Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics
- [ELA-Literacy/W/11-12/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information
- [ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12/2] Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data
- [ELA-Literacy/SL/11-12/5] Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest
In this activity, students can create a timeline of the literary movements in American literature. Students will use a timeline to portray the major movements in form and genre from Puritanism to Modernism. Having students use elements, like characters and settings, that are indicative of the time period to depict life in the era will help them understand the experience of people from that period. Students will also connect changes between the periods. For example, students will notice that Puritanism had a strong belief and reliance on God, whereas its successor, the Age of Reason, shifted focus to understanding through logic and science.
When giving directions, take care not to stifle student creativity. Allow them to select the information they feel will be most important to know. In the description boxes, students can answer a variety of questions about the time period.
Example questions include:
- What were the main beliefs of the people during this movement?
- What significant events prompted people's rationales to change?
- What aspects of culture derive from this movement?