Romanticism Unit

 

 

Students will read texts that represent the Romantic era of American literature, 1800-1865 in order to understand American culture and purpose in the literature.  Specifically, students will analyze the literature for common themes, styles, and how the common genres shape the meaning of those texts representative of the time and understand the historical significance of the texts.

      

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American Transcendentalism

Subject/Grade:  English III
Developed by: Kimberly Livaudais
JCS Unit Plan Name: Romanticism
Pacing: 3 weeks
CCSS  Standard(s):

11-12.RL.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative meanings; ANALYZE the impact of specific word choices on the meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

11-12.RI.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings;ANALYZE how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text. 

Key Concepts:

●        effect of tone and figurative language on meaning and message

●        connotation and denotation

●        Transcendentalism and Gothic literature traits and definitions

Essential Question:

●        What does it mean to be self-reliant or independent?

●        What do you expect from society? 

 

Standard English III Lessons and Handouts

Romanticism Unit Introduction

Power point on unit objectives, concepts, and historical background


Romanticism Notes for PPT

Cornell style notes to go with power point


Thanatopsis text

“Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant text


thanatopsis questions

Questions analyzing poem to be followed by a discussion on the different ways to view death


Rip Van Winkle text

“Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving text


Youtube video of audio file of “Rip Van Winkle”


Rip Van Winkle open questions

“Rip Van Winkle” analysis questions


Little Women Movie Notes

Little Women chart of the characteristics of Romanticism.  To be used with the movie.


Little Women Quiz

Little Women quiz for after the movie


Little Women Essay

Little Women literary analysis essay


themes and motifs

Handout on E.A. Poe themes and motifs


THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Masque of the Red Death” by Poe text


Masque of the Red Death Questions

“Masque of the Red Death” questions focus on figurative language

 

 


 Black_Cat

“The Black Cat” by Poe text

“The Black Cat” audio:

 


 

The Black Cat chart

“The Black Cat” chart – analyze suspense and figurative language

“The Black Cat” audio website

With picture choices to analyze imagery


“The Black Cat” informational video

 

 

 


The Raven

“The Raven” text with annotation directions on figurative language

The Raven Comprehension Qs

 


Fall of the House of Usher

Text for “Fall of the House of Usher”

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER QUESTIONS

“Fall of the House of Usher” multiple choice questions


Edgar Allan Poe Webquest and Wiki

Poe webquest and wiki group project


Edgar Allan Poe Gothic Write Off

Poe Gothic Write Off – a creative writing assignment


Whitman Presentation

Walt Whitman power point  information on Whitman and his devices with an example from “Song of Myself”


Whitman Notes for ppt

Cornell style notes for Whitman power point

 


Whitman Poem Questions from books

Whitman poems and questions on effect of figurative language.  Group work

 

 


Song of Myself

Song of Myself creative poetry personal narrative writing assignment using Whitman’s poetical techniques

Song of Myself – no tech

This version does not require a computer


I Hear America Singing – whitman

“I Hear America Singing” writing assignment – students create their own  version

 


Nature, Transcendentalism, and Whitman

Nature imagery, Whitman, and Transcendentalism – a power point that has students see, hear, and reflect on nature imagery and analyze the use of imagery in Whitman poetry


Tone Words Research S16

Tone Words Project using the Color Wheel, symbolism, and vocabulary

 

 


Figurative Language

Figurative Language power point

Firework Katy Perry

Use Katy Perry to practice identifying figurative language


symbolism lesson

Lessons on symbolism with practice


 
   
   
   
 

Honors English III Lessons and Handouts

Romanticism Unit Introduction

concepts, and historical background


Thanatopsis text

 “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant text


thanatopsis questions

Questions analyzing poem to be followed by a discussion on the different ways to view death


 Two lessons on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

legend of sleepy hollow lesson plans

looks at what a legend is and how this story fits the definition

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow lesson plans

– graphic organizers and questions that look at characterization, setting, and imagery


 Youtube video with audio of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow

 

 

 

 


Emerson from Self

Emerson from Nature

Excerpts from Emerson’s Nature and Self-Reliance essays (from EOL)


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jigsaw questions about Nature and Self-Reliance

 


The Foul Reign of Emerson Self Reliance

Contemporary article that take a different view of Emerson’s Reliance used to look at how ideas can change over the years


From Walden and from Civil Obedience by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” excerpt (from EOL)


Emerson_Thoreau_Chart

Chart comparing and Thoreau’s main ideas


My Walden My Walmart article

Contemporary Article comparing Thoreau’s ideas to contemporary society


Rappachini movie chart

Movie chart for symbolism in “Rappachini’s Daughter”


Rappaccini lesson

Concluding writing assignment for “Rappachini’s Daughter”


themes and motifs

Handout on E.A. Poe’s themes and motifs


 

 


  Short stories by Poe to use in literature circles and a Socratic seminar

Black_Cat

ligeia

The Pit and the Pendulum

Fall of the House of Usher

premature burial

The System of Dr Tarr and Prof fether


Poe-Short Story Assignment S16

Literature circles and questions with culminating power point project on figurative language using the Poe short stories

 

 

 

 


Edgar Allan Poe Webquest and Wiki

Poe webquest and wiki group project


RomanticismCAPracticeAnnabelLeeF14

Poe Annabel Lee Quiz


 Short stories by Hawthorne to use in literature circles and a Socratic seminar

The_Birthmark

The Minister’s Black Veil Full Text

the haunted mind – hawthorne


Poe-and-Hawthorne-socratic-seminar

Poe and Hawthorne Socratic Seminar lesson to be given before students read the short stories

 

 


Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson power point with poetry and imagery lesson


Questions for Emily Dickinson poems

Poetry analysis questions for Emily Dickinson


Dickinson Mini Quiz

Soul Selects Her Own Society Mini Quiz

 

 


 figurative-language-of-edgar-allan-poe

Use Poe quotes to practice identifying figurative language

Key: Identifying Figurative Language from Edgar Allan Poe key


 symbolism lesson

Lesson plan on symbolism with practice


 Tone Words Research S16

Using color and symbolism and vocabulary to understand tone words


 

OCS/ESL English III Lessons and Handouts

Romanticism Unit Introduction

Romanticism power point


Romanticism Notes for PPT

Cornell style notes for Romanticism power point


whitman poem

“When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d”By Walt Whitman with questions about figurative language


The Tell Tale Heart _ Poe

“The Tell Tale Heart” by Poe with questions


OCS Edgar Allan Poe Webquest and Wiki

Poe Wiki group project


 THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

“Masque of the Red Death” text


 The Masque of the Red Death OCS

Questions for “Masque of the Red Death”


 Firework Katy Perry

Use Katy Perry to understand figurative language


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