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Ch 2: Colonial Period in Literature Lesson Plans

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The Colonial Period in Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the early national and colonial periods in literature. 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 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

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Colonial Period in Literature Lesson Plans
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Native American and Colonial Literature

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.

Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

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.

Mary Rowlandson's A Narrative of the Captivity: Summary and Analysis

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.

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans: Themes, Summary & Analysis

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.

Early American Writers: John Smith, John Winthrop & Roger Williams

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.

Anne Bradstreet: Poems and Biography

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.

Phillis Wheatley: African Poetry in America

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.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

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.

Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings

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.

St. Jean De Crevecoeur: Letters from an American Farmer

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.

Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography

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.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

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.

The Federalist Papers: History, Writers & Summary

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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