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Below is a sample breakdown of the Colonial Period in Literature 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|| Native American and Colonial Literature; |
Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence;
Mary Rowlandson's The Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis
| The writing styles of these literary periods; |
Native American tales that were orally passed down to other generations;
The author's account of her experiences as a captive
|Tuesday|| James Fenmore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary and Analysis; |
Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop and Roger Williams;
The Federalist Papers: History, Writers and Summary
| A look at race relations and other themes of the early American author's works; |
The writings of these American settlers;
The history of the political essays that were in support of the Constitution
|Wednesday|| Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography; |
Phyllis Wheatley: African Poetry in America;
Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons and Biography
| The life and contributions of the first published poet in the United States; |
The 18th century works of the slave who became a poet;
An analysis of the life and works of the 18th century minister and writer
|Thursday|| Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt and Other Writings; |
St. Jean de Crevecoeur: Letters from an American Farmer
| The puritan minister's books on crime and religious history; |
An analysis of the book by the French-American author
|Friday|| Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography; |
Thomas Paine: 'Common Sense' and 'The Crisis'
| A summary of Franklin's writings, including his autobiography and his almanac; |
A look at the pamphlets of the famous writer
1. Native American and Colonial Literature
What types of writing were popular during the early days of the United States? In this lesson, we'll look at three major categories of 17th and 18th century American writing in more detail: Native American oral stories, Puritan writing, and early American political writing.
2. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence
Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.
3. Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis
Mary Rowlandson wrote a book about her time as a captive during King Philip's War. That book was the first American bestseller and the start of the popular genre of captivity narratives. In this lesson, we'll look closer at Rowlandson's narrative and its influence on American literature.
4. James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary & Analysis
James Fenimore Cooper, an early American settler, wrote a famous book called 'The Last of the Mohicans.' In this lesson, we'll look closer at the book and one of its themes, interracial relationships.
5. Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams
John Smith, John Winthrop, and Roger Williams were early American settlers who influenced the politics and literature of the colonies. In this lesson, we'll look closer at each of these men and their important writings.
6. Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography
Anne Bradstreet was America's first published poet. Her poems both upheld and criticized the Puritan faith that she was a part of. In this lesson, we'll look closer at two of Anne Bradstreet's poems and their relationship with Puritanism.
7. Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America
Phillis Wheatley was a slave and poet in 18th century America who wrote about religion and race. In this lesson, we'll learn more about her and examine one of her poems for the themes of religion and race.
8. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography
Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.
9. Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings
Cotton Mather, an important Puritan minister, wrote the first American true crime book and an influential book about the religious history of the New World. In this lesson, we'll learn more about Mather and his two most influential books.
10. St. Jean De Crevecoeur: Letters from an American Farmer
St. Jean de Crevecoeur was a French American writer whose book 'Letters from an American Farmer' discussed life and society in early America. In this lesson, we'll look closer at 'Letters from an American Farmer' and its influence on American literature.
11. Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography
Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm and that he signed the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about his writing? In this lesson, we'll look at two of his most famous works and how they influenced American literature.
12. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis
Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.
13. The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary
The Federalist Papers were a collection of political essays from the 18th century written by several Founding Fathers of the United States. In this lesson, we'll learn more about the Federalist Papers and why they are still important today.
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