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Realism vs. Naturalism in 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 compare realism and naturalism in literature, apply those ideas to an actual literary work and practice applying it to their own creative writing.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Compare and contrast realism and naturalism in literature
  • Analyze a literary work for realist or naturalist content
  • Compose short stories in realist and naturalist styles

Length

30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or 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 produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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