Lesson Plans
American Literature 1st Q 04.05 Lesson Plans
Week: 08/30/2004 Instructor: Duane Hannan Academics
No school--Summer vacation.
Faculty workshops.
No school--Summer vacation.
Faculty workshops.
Intro to course--overview: The first settlers--their philosphy and their literature; Romanticism; Transcendentalism; the emerging American shortstory; Naturalism; a novel of the Civil War; State Grad Standards; grading; discipline.

The study of literature--definitions: literature; genre; criticism; philosophy/tenet

Colonization motives: adventure, economics, and the spiritual
The New Land--discuss the promise and the reality; read John Smith, "The New Land"; list positive attributes of the country according to John Smith; consider the motivation behind work.
Read "Comment: The First Settlers", p. 25.
Bonus: what percentage of colonists survived between 1606 and 1609?
Colonization motives: adventure, economics, and the spiritual
The New Land--the journey; the journal and its appropriateness; read William Bradform, "The History of Plymouth Plantation"; discuss the difficulties of the trip and the difficulties of the first settlers; discuss the spiritual context of the journey--the Biblical allusions
Colonization motives: adventure, economics, and the spiritual
The New Land--another journal account; read Sarah Kemble Knight; discuss her irony and satire and how satire is produced--with sarcams growing out of irony and exaggeration; introduce the genre "captivity narrative"; discuss qualities of her writing that shows her as an independant woman.

Choose one--1. What kinds of prejudices color Knight's descriptions of the people she meets on her journey? What do her responses to people of different economic status and race reveal about the social hierarchy that structured colonial America?
2. What role, if any, does spirituality play in Knight's worldview and her understanding of her journey? When does she bring up religion?
3. Literary critics disagree on the generic categorization of Knight's Journal. It has been read as participating in the traditions of the picaresque, mock-epic, and the captivity narrative, while it has also been cited as a foundational text in the development of American travel writing and the American comic tradition. How would you categorize the Journal? What kind of influence do you think it may have had on later American writing?