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Ch 5: Teaching Literature About Colonial America

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Check out this collection of teacher resources to plan a unit on literature of colonial America. Inside, you'll find convenient lesson plan outlines, lesson supplements, class activities and discussion questions that are designed to enhance your literature instruction and engage your students.

Teaching Literature About Colonial America - Chapter Summary

Access this chapter's resources at any time to plan and supplement a colonial America literature curriculum. Inside the chapter, you'll find comprehensive lesson plan outlines about the following topics:

  • Puritain literature
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Crucible
  • ''Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God''

The chapter also includes accompanying lessons that you can share with your students. These lessons offer information regarding the characteristics of Puritan literature, as well summaries and analyses of important literary works. You can also use the included pre-reading activities and discussion questions to further help your students think critically about the literature of and about the time period.

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  • Lesson planning: Helps you to simplify the process of planning a curriculum/unit on literature about colonial America
  • Additional resources: Includes supplemental literature lessons that cover important information about Puritan authors, literary themes, literary devices and more
  • Student engagement: Includes fun activities and questions that you can use to engage your students and spark class discussion about important works of literature

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning literature lessons about colonial America easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific colonial America literature topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your colonial America literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons on colonial America literature with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important information regarding literature about colonial America from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant colonial America literature activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

20 Lessons in Chapter 5: Teaching Literature About Colonial America
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Puritan Literature Lesson Plan

1. Puritan Literature Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about Puritan literature. Through a series of tasks involving reading, speaking, listening and writing, students will gain a greater understanding of this topic.

Puritan Literature: Characteristics & Authors

2. Puritan Literature: Characteristics & Authors

Puritanism literature meant a religious focus and a simple style of writing. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the Puritan literary movement and discover some examples of authors of the period.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Lesson Plan

3. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Lesson Plan

If you're discussing Jonathan Edwards, this lesson plan explores his famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Students will read the sermon, watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God by Edwards: Summary, Analysis & Metaphors

4. Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God by Edwards: Summary, Analysis & Metaphors

Jonathan Edwards's 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' is one of the most famous sermons ever preached. Read this lesson to find out more about its themes and metaphors.

Anne Bradstreet Lesson Plan

5. Anne Bradstreet Lesson Plan

Students often find the poetry of Anne Bradstreet to be challenging because it's so distant, in both time and culture. This lesson on inference, interpretation, and performance should help bridge that distance.

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.

Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation Lesson Plan

7. Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation Lesson Plan

William Bradford's 'Of Plymouth Plantation' is a journal-style publication recounting the experiences of the pilgrims. This lesson plan engages students with a video lesson and activity to teach them about this pivotal historical work.

William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation: Summary & Analysis

8. William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will learn about the work 'Of Plymouth Plantation' written by William Bradford. We will take a closer look at why the work was written, what it represents and where it is kept today for future generations to enjoy.

The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

9. The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

Help your students better understand the symbols and symbolism found in The Scarlet Letter. In this lesson plan, students will examine three symbols in a hands-on activity that combines cooperative learning, literature, and art.

Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

10. Symbols & Symbolism in The Scarlet Letter: Examples & Analysis

Symbolism is used throughout literature and has been for centuries. 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne demonstrates this, and in this lesson, we'll examine a few of those symbols.

The Crucible Lesson Plan

11. The Crucible Lesson Plan

During the Salem Witch Trials, hysteria ran rampant, and innocent people were punished for crimes they did not commit. When Arthur Miller saw the same things happening during the McCarthy hearings, he wrote 'The Crucible', his celebrated play about paranoia and revenge. This lesson plan will allow your class to understand the play, and its parallels in the 20th century.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller: Characters, Themes & Analysis

12. The Crucible by Arthur Miller: Characters, Themes & Analysis

During this lesson, we take an in-depth look at the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller. We touch on a brief summary of the play before exploring its cast and analyzing its themes.

The Crucible Pre-Reading Activities

13. The Crucible Pre-Reading Activities

''The Crucible'' is a complicated play with a great deal of nuance. The activities in this lesson will prepare students by activating and supplementing their prior knowledge about relevant topics.

The Crucible Essential Questions

14. The Crucible Essential Questions

In this lesson, we will take a look at some essential questions from Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible.' These questions will be organized by Act to help students better organize their ideas.

Young Goodman Brown Lesson Plan

15. Young Goodman Brown Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to help students understand the short story Young Goodman Brown. Explain plot, then dig deeper into symbolism and story analysis. End with an engaging activity.

Young Goodman Brown: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

16. Young Goodman Brown: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown' is a short story that's rich in meaning. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot points, themes, characters, and symbols.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Discussion Questions

17. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Discussion Questions

Do you want to educate your students about Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards? These helpful discussion questions will assist you in reviewing the famous sermon.

The Crucible Unit Plan

18. The Crucible Unit Plan

'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller is a play about hypocrisy and persecution during the Salem witch trials. This asset outlines an instructional unit for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Young Goodman Brown Discussion Questions

19. Young Goodman Brown Discussion Questions

'Young Goodman Brown' is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne about hypocrisy in puritanical Salem. This asset provides classroom discussion questions about this story to get students engaged and thinking critically.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Discussion Questions

20. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Discussion Questions

''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' is one of the most famous works of American Gothic literature, although few students understand it beyond the Headless Horseman. These discussion questions can help expand their appreciation for the short story.

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