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118 resources with the concept american literature

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Tuesdays with Morrie

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie captured the hearts of readers around the world in the late 20th century. Revisit Morrie and his captivating stories with a crossword puzzle review activity.
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Divergent

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Veronica Roth's popular young adult novel shows a vivid dystopian system in an action-packed, thrilling storyline. Revisit Divergent with a crossword puzzle that features characters, plot, and important quotes from the book.
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The Awakening

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Kate Chopin's classic American tale, The Awakening, is the focus of a review worksheet. High school readers read the clues about the novel's characters, plot, and important quotes to fill in a crossword puzzle.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sherman Alexie's coming-of-age social commentary is the focus of a review worksheet. Learners use clues from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to complete a crossword puzzle about the novel.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Planning an adventure with ol' Tom Sawyer? Revist Mark Twain's classic tale with a review crossword puzzle on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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A Raisin in the Sun

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Or does it explode? Discuss the ultimate deferred dream in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun with a handy crossword puzzle that reviews key names and details from the play.
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Early American Poets

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The poems of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are the focus of a unit that asks readers to consider how an artist's life and changes in society influences his or her work. After careful study of Whitman's and Dickinson's perspectives on...
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The Help

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Kathryn Stockett's The Help opened up a rich, vivid world of strong female characters and stark societal injustices. As high schoolers read the novel, they complete a crossword puzzle that includes clues from all chapters of the book.
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Invisible Man

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
A crossword puzzle based on Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man provides readers with an opportunity to test their knowledge of the novel's events.
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Writing About Literature: What Is Happiness?

For Students 8th Standards
Jack London's heart for adventure has come to define the spirit of America and its frontier. Selected passages from the foreword The Cruise of the Snark take eighth graders through London's construction and voyage of his ship before...
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19th Century Lessons for 21st Century Lives

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
The words of Henry David Thoreau on Civil Disobedience seem particularly relevant today, as are his writings and those of other transcendental thinkers who ask what it mean to live deliberately and what are the responsibilities of...
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Glass Menagerie

For Students 9th Standards
As a reading comprehension assessment, ninth graders are asked to use evidence drawn from The Glass Menagerie to support an analysis of how Tennessee Williams uses specific lines to develop Amanda's character as well as her relationships...
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Reader's Theater: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The opening chapters of Mark Twain's masterpiece, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, can be daunting for some readers. A reader's theater assignment divides the second chapter of the novel into a seven-role script, allowing readers to work...
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Early American Novel: Exploring the Emergence of a Genre

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Need an extra challenge for your best readers? Check out a unit that uses Hannah Webster Foster’s epistolary novel, The Coquette, published in 1797, as the anchor text. The resource is packed with project ideas; each with its own...
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"Hope" is a Thing with feathers

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
How does a person overcome adversity? That is the question class members ponder after a close reading of Emily Dickinson's "'Hope' is the thing with feathers."
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Ripe Figs

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a close look at Kate Chopin's "Ripe Figs." Learners read this one-page story and respond to four questions about the text either in written form or during a discussion.
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The Children’s Hour

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Examine youth and adulthood with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Children's Hour." Class members read the poem while considering the value of youth. They then respond to four text-based questions and jot down some notes in...
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The Tell-Tale Heart

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
One of the most famous short stories, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," is the focus of this resource. Learners read the story, respond to several text-based questions, and brainstorm ideas about a question relating to the text as...
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Out Where the West Begins

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Examine the mythology of the American West with Arthur Chapman's poem "Out Where the West Begins." Learners read the poem, answer text-dependent questions, and take some notes on a few more questions to prepare for a class discussion.
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The American Wilderness? How 19th Century American Artists Viewed the Separation of Civilization and Nature

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The attitudes of European settlers toward the American wilderness, as reflected in art and literature, is the focus of this resource packet designed for teachers. Included in the unit overview you will find lists or paintings and works...
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The Crucible Journal Project

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
While reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible, start or end each day with a journal activity. The project includes a list of prompts for each act of the play. Pupils choose a prompt every time they write and connect their own experiences to...
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Annotated Timeline of The American Literary Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Study the transformation of American literature starting from Colonial times up until the present. Each of the nine periods (Romanticism, Realism, Postmodernism, etc.) is introduced and important literary agents from that period are...
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Explore the life and writing of John Steinbeck. A 48-slide presentation introduces the famous American author, his California heritage, and his impressive collection of published work. Viewers are then introduced to Of Mice and Men, one...
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Fishing with Hemingway

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Explore the life and works of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway. Middle and high schoolers gain appreciation for the author through this Webquest, detailing his time in Michigan, Paris, Africa, and Cuba. Consider using this...