Southern Renaissance

How do authors use their writing as a means of responding to social and cultural change? Pupils watch a video, engage in discussion, read interesting author biographies, write an account of a typical day in a sharecropping family, and create a picture slide-show. To keep scholars engaged, three problem-based learning projects offer a way for them to show what they know.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals practice writing a narrative in a stream of consciousness style similar to William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
  • Ask students to research and write a report on Jim Crow laws
Classroom Considerations

  • Print the timeline and author biographies in advance 
Pros

  • Provides comprehensive overview questions and learning objectives
  • Contains a video overview with discussion questions
  • Includes suggested author pairings and notes about core contexts from the unit
Cons

  • None