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.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


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.


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.


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).


  • 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


  • 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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