ERIC Number: ED380951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Threads of Change in 19th Century American Literature: A Language Arts Unit for Grades 7-9.
Crossett, Becky F.; And Others
This unit of study for junior-high level high-ability language arts students explores five themes in 19th century American history through literature of the times: romanticism, transcendentalism, abolitionism, industrialism, and feminism. Each of the five "isms" has its own "literature box" that contains appropriate documents to serve as a resource for small investigative teams of students. The "isms" are investigated as change agents in American life through the study of key writings of the period, including writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others. Speeches, essays, short stories, poems, and novels were selected to illustrate the principles of the five influences on the thinking of writers of the time. In response to the literature selections, students produce both written and oral presentations of their findings and their ideas. This guide presents goals and outcomes, an assessment model, a paper analyzing the concept of change, teaching models, 23 lesson plans, assessment forms, a list of 42 works taught in the unit and resources used in its development, and a list of 41 computer software resources. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Computer Software, Feminism, Gifted, Industrialization, Junior High Schools, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Nineteenth Century Literature, Romanticism, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Teaching Models, United States Literature, Units of Study
College of William & Mary, School of Education, Center for Gifted Education, 232 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185 ($20 plus 10% shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. School of Education.; Washington-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Hudson Falls, NY. Southern Adirondack Educational Center.