Modernist Portraits

How did literature reflect people's attitudes in post-World War I America? A lesson explores the topic using a variety of activities. Individuals watch and respond to a video; read author biographies and engage in discussion; write poetry, narrative prose, and journal entries; and complete a multimedia assignment. Three problem-based learning projects offer a great way to tailor the lesson based on the interests and level of the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide pupils with a graphic organizer to chart the differences and similarities in the writing styles of the authors discussed in the unit
  • Show the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby and have learners compare it to the novel
Classroom Considerations

  • Print the timeline and author biographies for students to have as a reference
  • The 11th installment of the 16-part American Passages series
Pros

  • Includes overview questions and learning objectives
  • Provides a variety of thought-provoking discussion questions
  • Activities and teaching tips are highly engaging
Cons

  • None