Literary Periods & Movements Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is designed to help teachers teach their students about literary periods and movements through history. Students will use content-specific vocabulary to compare literary periods.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson about literary periods and movements, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe major periods in literary history from Medieval times to the late 20th Century.
  • Provide examples of authors and literary works from each literary period.
  • Use content-specific vocabulary to discuss the innovations and perspectives of each literary period.

Length

90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2

Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.3

Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.4

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 (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Vocabulary

  • aestheticism
  • amplification
  • anonymity
  • ballad
  • cynical
  • deconstruction
  • Enlightenment
  • epic poem
  • era
  • genre
  • humanism
  • irony
  • Medieval
  • Modernism
  • ode
  • perspective
  • Postmodernism
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Renaissance
  • Romanticism
  • transcendentalist
  • tropes
  • Victorianism
  • virtue

Materials

  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Vocabulary word cards (one set per pair of students)
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Excerpts of works from each literary period

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