Neoclassical Literature Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn how to identify and analyze Neoclassical literature. They will work in small groups to analyze a specific piece, and lead a class discussion on that work.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define Neoclassicism in terms of literature
  • Connect Neoclassical literature to the Enlightenment and other intellectual and social changes of the era
  • Analyze a work of Neoclassical literature in terms of content and style


120-180 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).


  • Copies of the Lesson Quiz, one for each student
  • Copies of Neoclassical short stories, essays, and poems
  • Access to research materials

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