American Literary Movements: Authors

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American Literary Movements - American Authors

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As you read a work of literature from each movement, ask students to track the author(s) and themes. By the end of the year, students will be able to reflect on themes that endured over time and distinguish them from themes that were a direct result of the period.

In the example below, a student created an author board for Edgar Allan Poe after reading his works from the Romantic/American Gothic movement. Students can extend their storyboards to track one author from each period or to do all the authors read during class on separate storyboards. The options are endless!


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Romanticism/American Gothic: 1800-1865

Edgar Allan Poe was a ​Gothic writer specializing in short stories of the macabre and bizarre. His well-known works, "The Raven", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Tell Tale Heart", are prime examples of Gothic literature with eerie settings and grotesque themes.



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Create a storyboard illustrating the different authors and themes in a literary movement

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher
  2. In one cell, note the literary movement and time period
  3. In the other cell, identify an author and describe how their work fit in with the movement
  4. Add additional cells and authors as desired
  5. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, and items
  6. Save and submit your storyboard
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