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Below is a sample breakdown of the Romantic 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||What was the Romantic period all about?||Review the stylistic elements and the characteristics associated with the American Romantic period|
|Tuesday||Washington Irving: Part 1||Examine Irving's background, review his list of works, discuss his penchant for pen names, and analyze Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'|
|Wednesday||Washington Irving: Part 2||Build a summary of Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle' and review the Romantic elements|
|Thursday||Washington Irving: Part 3||Identify the Romantic characteristics in Irving's 'The Devil and Tom Walker'|
|Friday||Henry Wadsworth Longfellow||Research Longfellow's biography, determine why he was named the Fireside Poet, describe the term lyric poem, identify the stylistic differences between blank verse and free verse, and analyze Longfellow's poem, 'Paul Revere's Ride'|
1. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art
This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.
2. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.
3. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis
Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.
4. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis
The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.
5. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis
Romantic literature, such as 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' often references the supernatural. In this lesson, we learn how Washington Irving uses an allegory with symbols to create a moral tale about greed while incorporating the supernatural theme.
6. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.
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