Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Gothic Literature

Introduce viewers to the five "I"'s of Romanticism—imagination, intuition, idealism, inspiration, and individuality—with a colorful presentation that details the concepts of the American Romantic movement and features American poets, novelists, and short story writers.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the presentation to launch a study of the Romantic Movement in language arts
  • Divide the class into groups, assign each a different writer to investigate, and have the groups prepare a presentation of their findings
Classroom Considerations

  • First three slides establish the historical context
  • While the title references transcendentalism and gothic literature, the presentation focuses only on American Romantic writers
Pros

  • Presents Natty Bumppo as the model of the American Romantic hero
Cons

  • None