Washington Irving 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 about Washington Irving's life, style, and major works. They will interpret and perform some of his short stories in groups.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify Washington Irving's place in the history of American literature
  • Describe key traits of Irving's style and common themes
  • Analyze, interpret, and perform one of Irving's short stories

Length

2-3 class periods

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.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.9

Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.

Materials

  • Copies of the Lesson Quiz, one for each student
  • Copies of short stories by Washington Irving
  • Access to research materials

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