Lesson Plans
American Literature 4th Q 03.04 Lesson Plans
Week: 03/22/2004 Instructor: Duane Hannan Academics
Intro to class--objectives, grading, rules.

The new land--the promise and the reality; read John Smith, list positives.
Two settlements, then three (1607, 1620, 1630)--economic, religious; read "The First Settlers", p. 25, questions: what was the survival rate?

The philosophical movements; Puritianism foundations--the basics; read handout on Puritanism, list the tenents; in the literature of Edward Taylor; read Housewifery, p. 46, list the qualities that echo the tenents; the metaphor, the conceit.
How to read a poem.

Puritanism with a Calvanistic blend--human corruption; hear/read "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", p.p. 41-42; the use of extended metaphor, the qualities that echo the tenent; list the extended metaphors.

The sweet side of Puritanism: Anne Bradstreet; read "Upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666", handout, questions: who owns her stuff?, what would you miss the most? why? what's vanity mean? at what point does the narrator seem to clear her head suddenly after drifting off a bit?
Read "To My Dear and Loving Husband", p. 44, questions: what's the narrator's husband love better than? describe the paradoxical statement at the end.
Read "The Flesh and the Spirit", handout, questions handout.
Find common themes in Edwards ("Sara Pierrepont") and Bradstreet ("Upon the Burning of Our House").

Arrange the pieces in order of most strictly Puritanistic/Calvinistic to least.

A shift in Philosophy, a pretty big liberalization: Romanticism; find some tenents in "The Wild Honeysuckle", p. 51; the structure.

Romanticism tenents; read p. 96; list tenents.

Spell/vocab word list/definitions--"Thanatopsis".

Romanticism in "Thanatopsis", p. 94, questions: what does one become? with whom does one rest? what little list encompases all the ages of man (see Shakespeare, too)?

Spell/vocab sentence/word match--"Thanatopsis".

Read "A Walk at Sunset", handout, questions handout.

Read "Journey of Life", handout, questions handout.

Read "The Westwind", handout, questions handout.

Select one; make slide-show interpretation.