American Literary Movement Timeline

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American Literary Movements Timeline

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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?


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Create a timeline depicting the different American literary movements.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher
  2. For each cell of the timeline, title the different literary movements
  3. In the description boxes, describe the literary movement and how it affected culture and beliefs
  4. Illustrate each literary movement or time period with appropriate scenes, characters, and items
  5. Save and submit your storyboard
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