Realism / Naturalism Unit

Students will read novels from the Realism era of American literature.  Through this reading, students will investigate how the culture is represented and reflects the viewpoint(s) of Americans of different times and places as well as identify and analyze. personal, social, historical or cultural influences, contexts, or biases.  Specifically, they will look at how the issues of slavery, women’s rights, and the Civil War affected different people in the US at that time and make connections to how this affects society today.

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

L3a – Apply knowledge of language to UNDERSTAND how language functions in different contexts, to MAKE effective choices for meaning or style, and to COMPREHEND more fully when reading or listening.  VARY syntax for effect, consulting references for guidance as needed; APPLY an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading.

RL3 – ANALYZE the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Key Concepts:

·diction and syntax·

Irony and satire·

Point of view and purpose

·         Effect of figurative language on setting, characterization, and theme

·          Story elements of setting, conflict, characterization

Essential Question:

●        How does the author use stylistic devices to enhance and develop theme?

●        How does the author’s point of view affect the theme of the text?

●        What would you do to protect your family or friends?

●        How can a man challenge his society and stand for his beliefs?

●        To what extent do people control their destinies?

Standard English III Lessons and Handouts:

AMERICAN REALISM S15

Power point introduction of Realism, objectives, concepts, and historical relevance

Video on Realism


Realism Notes for PPT

Cornell style notes for power point

 


Desiree

Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin text

 

 

 

 

 


Questions for Desirees baby

“Desiree’s Baby” analysis questions for groups

MC Questions forDesiree Baby

Multiple Choice questions for Desiree’s Baby

Group Discussion Questions for Desiree’s Baby

Group Discussion Question for in-depth analysis


Fredrick Douglass Narrative text

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass excerpt

 


 

Stations-for-Narrative-of-the-Life-of-Frederick-Douglass

Station work for Douglass excerpt


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl excerpt with questions


Slave-Narratives-Webquest

Slave narratives webquest


lincoln_gettysburg-address F15

Gettysburg Address and analytical questions on author’s choices


The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

“Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain text


Framing Jumping Frog

“Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” graphic organizer for structure

 


TwainCelebratedJumpingFrog questions

“Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” multiple choice questions

Key: TwainCelebratedJumpingFrog questions key


A Story Without an End

“Story Without an End” by Mark Twain text and station work assignment


FinalReflectionStoryWithoutanEnd

“Story Without an End” analysis question


To Build a Fire text

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London text


To Build a Fire reading Journal

“To Build a Fire” reading chart on literary devices


ToBuildaFireQuestionsS15Standard

“To Build a Fire” Reading questions

Key: ToBuildaFireQuestionsS15Standard key


To Build A Fire Quiz

“To Build a Fire” quiz

Key: To Build A Fire Quiz key


 Youtube Audio of “To Build a Fire”


 

 


 

 Realism Tiered Assignment 2

Tiered Assignment that can be used as group projects or individual project that illustrates theme and understanding of Realism and Naturalism


 

Honors English III Lessons and Handouts:

AMERICAN REALISM S15

Power point introduction of Realism, objectives, concepts, and historical relevance

 

 

 


sojourner truth aint i a woman

“Ain’t I A Woman” by Sojourner Truth text and analysis questions

sojourner truth aint i a woman with MC questions

Multiple Choice questions for “Ain’t I A Woman?”


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs excerpt

Uncle Toms Cabin excerpt

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe except

Analyze for tone/purpose/characterization/POV
C/C narratives – How does the author’s race/experience affect the text?


 Advice to Youth with MC questions

Satirical essay by Mark Twain with common core style MC questions to be used as a common assessment.

Advice to Youth satire analysis

Analyze the satirical essay with your thoughts and reactions.

Advice to Youth satire analysis MODEL

Example analysis


The Lowest Animal

“The Lowest Animal” by Mark Twain text

What is Twain’s Central Idea? What is his Point of View
about his Central idea? Support with textual evidence


the-lowest-animal-questions

“The Lowest Animal” analysis questions

 

 


Literature Circles

Literature circles assignment for novels of the Realism/Naturalism era


Realims Lit Circle Literary Analysis

Realism Circle Literary Analysis


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass honors questions

Analysis questions for The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass


Wizard of Oz Discussion Questions

Analysis questions for Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum


Maggie honors questions

Analysis questions for Maggie, Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane


Maggie Socratic Seminar

Maggie Girl of the Streets Socratic Seminar


Maggie-Reader-readers-journal

Maggie Girl of the Streets reader’s journal


war_is_kind_stephen_crane

 “War is Kind” by Stephen Crane poem and analysis


Awakening

The Awakening lesson plan


 Realism Project

Group Projects that look at Realism and Naturalism while utilizing different aspects of technology


 

 

 


 

OCS/ESL English III Lessons and Handouts:

AMERICAN REALISM S15

Realism power point


Realism Notes for PPT

Cornell style notes for Realism power point


Desiree

“Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin text


MC Questions forDesiree Baby

“Desiree’s Baby” multiple choice questions


The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain text


Framing Jumping Frog

Framing graphic organizer for “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”


To Build a Fire text

“To Build a Fire” by Jack London text

 


To Build A Fire Quiz

“To Build a Fire” multiple choice questions

Key: To Build A Fire Quiz key


 


3 Replies to “Realism / Naturalism Unit”

  1. I teach 11th English at a small, poor, rural school. I have 11 students in my class. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this incredible unit on-line. It has saved me so much prep time and allows me to get into great depth with my unit on Realism. My students are really enjoying it more than in years past, and I can focus more on how much I love this movement rather than being frantic trying to figure out how to foster that love, and failing, with my students. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now to tie in CCSS alignment…

  2. hello, and thank you for the wonderful info on this site. However, some of the info is cut off on the bottom. I cannot see all the info, such as in the PW info. Also, all the Kindred info is not there. It says that there has been an error. Please tell mw how I can get to the info. Thank you. Polly

    1. I checked my site. Two hnadouts were broken and I fixed them. Be sure that you use Chrome or Firefox to look at the site and download. IE doesn’t work well for some reason. I only had 4 things for PW, but they showed on my computer. Let me know if you see any other issues. Thanks!

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