Ch 5: American Prose for 12th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The American Prose for 12th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the biographies, styles, and works of some of the best known American prose writers. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the American Prose for 12th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday F. Scott Fitzgerald Author biography, list of works, and a discussion of the characters, themes, and symbolism in The Great Gatsby
Tuesday Ernest Hemingway: Part 1 Hemingway's background, list of writings, and a discussion of his style
Wednesday Ernest Hemingway: Part 2 Summarizing and analyzing two famous works: A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls
Thursday William Faulkner Faulkner's style, a brief review of his works, and a discussion of his background
Friday John Steinbeck Biography of the author, analysis of his style, and an in-depth analysis of two of his greatest works: Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men

18 Lessons in Chapter 5: American Prose for 12th Grade Lesson Plans
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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.

The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

2. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

4. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis

5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis

Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

6. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

7. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

8. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Inferring Mood in Drama

9. Inferring Mood in Drama

When reading a play, the reader must figure out what the overall mood is using evidence found within the text. This lesson will teach you where to look in the script to find the clues to the mood.

Character Motivation in a Drama

10. Character Motivation in a Drama

Motivation is a term that applies to many aspects of life. In this lesson, you'll apply the term to literature and learn how motivation functions in a play.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

11. Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

Characters in plays have two ways of communicating with the audience and each other. They can use verbal or nonverbal forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about how both are used in drama.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

12. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

13. A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

Learn about the controversial play 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' why it was so controversial, and why it is still considered a classic piece of American literature.

The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

14. The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

Tennessee Williams' first big hit, 'The Glass Menagerie,' known as the memory play, fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past. This lesson will go into the basic plot of this story, as well as explore the major symbols and elements of style in the play.

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

15. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

16. Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

What's Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' all about? Witches! Communists! Allegories! It's the Red Scare of the McCarthy era as told through the metaphor of the Salem witch trials of colonial America.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

17. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.

I, Too, Sing America By Langston Hughes: Summary, Theme & Analysis

18. I, Too, Sing America By Langston Hughes: Summary, Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we briefly examine the writing life of Langston Hughes. From there, we summarize his poem 'I, Too, Sing America' and analyze its major themes.

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