Ch 2: Early 20th Century American Literature Lesson Plans

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Develop a curriculum sure to engage your students and bring early 20th century American literature to life with help from this chapter. The chapter offers lesson plans and other teaching resources that cover famous works and authors of this period.

Early 20th Century American Literature Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

For help developing curriculum on works of early 20th century American literature, look no further than this helpful chapter. Our resources include lesson plans on novels like The Great Gatsby and The Lost Generation and authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Upton Sinclair and more. These lesson plans are designed to take the stress out of curriculum planning by providing you with resources developed by experienced instructors who understand the needs of students and what it takes to grab their attention.

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  • Provides background: These lesson plans cover the biographies and accomplishments of authors, allowing you to provide your students a well-rounded understanding of early 20th century in American literature.
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning lessons about early 20th century American literature easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for the early 20th century American literature topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons about American literature from the early 20th century with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
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  • Engage your students with relevant American literature-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

24 Lessons in Chapter 2: Early 20th Century American Literature Lesson Plans
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Willa Cather Lesson Plan

1. Willa Cather Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the author Willa Cather. Students will read our text lesson about Cather's life, work, and writing style then apply learning to a fun activity to help make concepts stick.

O Pioneers! Lesson Plan

2. O Pioneers! Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students examine the characters from the story and extract meaning from unknown words as they read ''O Pioneers!'' by Willa Cather.

O Pioneers! Discussion Questions

3. O Pioneers! Discussion Questions

''O Pioneers!'' is a 1913 novel written by Willa Cather about life on the Great Plains. These discussion questions can help your students better connect with the plot, characters, and themes of this story.

The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan

4. The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan

The Great Gatsby can be as fast-paced as a Packard heading out of town. This lesson plan helps students better understand the intricate relationships between Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby.

The American Dream in The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan

5. The American Dream in The Great Gatsby Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to analyze the concept of the American Dream as its depicted in 'The Great Gatsby.' They will then explore how this reflects cultural attitudes of the time period.

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

6. 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!

The American Dream in the Great Gatsby

7. The American Dream in the Great Gatsby

The American Dream refers to the hopes people have for their lives as Americans. In this lesson, you will learn about the way the American Dream plays out in the lives of people in F. Scott Fitzgerald's book The Great Gatsby.

A Horseman in the Sky Lesson Plan

8. A Horseman in the Sky Lesson Plan

A 'Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce presents an impossible dilemma surrounding the Civil War in America. This lesson plan focuses on the short story and uses text lessons to explore the piece. A small group activity is focused on analysis.

Ernest Hemingway Lesson Plan

9. Ernest Hemingway Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the legendary Ernest Hemingway with the help of this lesson plan. Students will watch an informative video outlining Hemingway's life, work, and style of writing, view samples of his work to apply learning, then apply their new-found knowledge to an activity.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

10. 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.

Hills Like White Elephants Lesson Plan

11. Hills Like White Elephants Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students cite text evidence when drawing inferences and analyze the characters' conflicting motives as they read 'Hills Like White Elephants' by Ernest Hemingway.

The Lost Generation Lesson Plan

12. The Lost Generation Lesson Plan

In this lesson, we encourage our students to read, discuss, and discern key characteristics of Lost Generation writers through collaborative discussion and group presentation.

Upton Sinclair Lesson Plan

13. Upton Sinclair Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with a mini-activity, a larger activity, key terms, and discussion topics and questions that will help students understand Upton Sinclair and his importance.

Upton Sinclair: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

14. Upton Sinclair: Facts, Books & Accomplishments

This lesson details the life of Upton Sinclair, and his works and accomplishments We'll go over Sinclair's most famous work, The Jungle, which revolutionized the food industry in the 20th century.

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Lesson Plan

15. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle Lesson Plan

Looking for a fun and simple way to teach your students about Unpton Sinclair's 'The Jungle'? This lesson plan makes instruction a snap by summarizing the novel for the students using a text lesson. Analysis goes even deeper with an activity designed to personally connect students to the book.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Summary & Analysis

16. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson you'll learn about Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle. We'll discuss the book's muckraking origins and see why it's an examination of working conditions in early 20th century America.

A Farewell to Arms Discussion Questions

17. A Farewell to Arms Discussion Questions

This asset offers discussion questions related to 'A Farewell to Arms' by Ernest Hemingway. The questions are designed for high school students and cover the characters, major literary tools and themes as well as general reactions to the storyline.

A River Runs Through It Book Discussion Questions

18. A River Runs Through It Book Discussion Questions

Here are a variety of questions to help facilitate student understanding, discussion, and analysis of the novel ''A River Runs Through It'' by Norman Maclean. Utilize these questions during your reading or at the end of reading to assist in overall comprehension of the book.

The Open Boat Discussion Questions

19. The Open Boat Discussion Questions

'The Open Boat' is a short story by Stephen Crane based on his own experience on a lifeboat with three other men after his ship sank off the coast of Florida. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.

Miss Brill Discussion Questions

20. Miss Brill Discussion Questions

'Miss Brill' is a short story by Katherine Mansfield about a lonely woman who engages in people-watching. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.

Hills Like White Elephants Discussion Questions

21. Hills Like White Elephants Discussion Questions

''Hills Like White Elephants'' is one of Hemingway's most enigmatic short stories. These discussion questions can help your students work through the structure, tone, and themes of the story.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair Discussion Questions

22. Bernice Bobs Her Hair Discussion Questions

'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' is a short story written by famous American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. This story is a quick read and makes for a robust discussion in a high school history or English class.

How It Feels to Be Colored Me Discussion Questions

23. How It Feels to Be Colored Me Discussion Questions

After reading 'How It Feels To Be Colored Me' by Zora Neale Hurston, use these discussion questions to help your high school students think critically about the Civil Rights Movement and life in America during the mid-20th century.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro Discussion Questions

24. The Snows of Kilimanjaro Discussion Questions

These discussion questions can help your students to engage with Ernest Hemingway's 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' on a deeper level as they discuss the plot and themes of the story with their classmates.

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