Covering the period of American literature from 1800 to 1860, this 30-minute lecture will prep your students to dig deeper into any literary works from this era that you want. Great for giving students a general idea of the important issues and philosophies that guided the literary canon from this time period in U.S. history. Also connects materials to today’s pop culture.
As students read The Pearl by John Steinbeck, they choose various tasks to complete for each chapter. They demonstrate understanding of setting, characters, and conflict as well as analyze quotes, themes, and symbols in the classic novel. They also complete creative tasks, such as composing a poem or illustrating a scene. This is the perfect way to keep students engaged while reading! (grades 7-10)