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ELA: American Literature Version: CPS05-06

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Unit Name: 01 - Beginnings to Colonialism

Essential Question

How did colonial literature reflect and shape American culture? How have Native American Myths, traditions, and symbols had an effect on society today and throughout time? How is reading American literature relevant to our lives as American citizens? How can working cooperatively as a member of a group enhance our understanding of literature and the times and people that produced that literature? How does classroom discussion increase understanding of American fiction? How do effective writers establish purpose, maintain perspective and achieve coherence?

Topic 1

Structures and Elements

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Myth
  • Topic 1 Standards and Elements


    ELA1LSV1 Listening/Speaking/Viewing
    ELAALRL1.a
    ELAALRL1.b
    ELAALRL1.c
    ELAALRL2 Theme
    ELAALRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 2

    Themes

  • American individualism
  • American dream
  • Cultural diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    ELA1LSV1 Listening/Speaking/Viewing
    ELAALRL2 Theme
    ELAALRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 3

    Context

  • Author background
  • Historical context
  • Relation to contemporary context
  • Topic 3 Standards and Elements


    ELA1LSV1 Listening/Speaking/Viewing
    ELAALRL3 Contemporary Context or Historical Background/Primary Source
    ELAALRL5 Vocabulary

    Topic 4

    Writing

  • Narrative, expository, persuasive, technical or research
  • Topic 4 Standards and Elements


    ELA1LSV1 Listening/Speaking/Viewing
    ELAALRC3 Vocabulary
    ELAALRL4 Writing Genres
    ELAALRL5 Vocabulary

    Unit Vocabulary

    • Identify
    • Analyze
    • Apply
    • Relate
    • Evaluate
    • Rhetorical purpose
    • Aesthetic purpose
    • Argument
    • Language
    • Style
    • Syntax
    • Character development: Flat, round, static, dynamic
    • Stereotype
    • Characterization: Direct, indirect
    • Imagery
    • Symbolism
    • Theme
    • Universal theme
    • Point of view: First person, third person limited, third person omniscient
    • Literature: Mythic, traditional, classical
    • Irony
    • Structure: Chronological, in medias res, flashback, frame narrative, epistolary narrative
    • Diction
    • Imagery
    • American individualism
    • American dream
    • Cultural diversity
    • Tolerance
    • Genre
    • Native American literature
    • Colonial literature
    • Primary source
    • Secondary source

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