Unit Four encompasses much of the 19th Century, from American legends, through Civil War literature and to Transcendentalism and its influences. Students will study the elements of fiction from suspense and point-of-view to theme. They will create a multi-genre project based on their understanding of theme.

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In this lesson, students will read "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Raven," analyzing Poe's work for writer's style and purpose. Students will then compose their own suspense short story. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or four 50-minute class periods.
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In this lesson, students will be introduced to literature of the Civil War by reading "An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane. They will create a storyboard of events in the short story.
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In this lesson, students will explore various points-of-view by reading "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce and then retelling the story from the perspective of another character. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or three 50-minute class periods.
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In this lesson, students will explore the writings of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost to identify common themes. They will write t responses to a piece of their choice, highlighting a theme that is prevalent throughout the literature and using evidence to support their analysis of that theme. This will scaffold to the following mulit-genre project. This lesson should take four 90-minute class periods or eight 50-minute class periods, depending on how many pieces chosen by the teacher.
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Based on the work of Tom Romano in "Blending Genre, Altering Style," this project asks students to choose a theme that is prevalent in their own lives and provided a variety of media to illustrate that theme. Depending on the depth the instructor wishes to require and how much of the work is done in-class, this project can take up to two weeks in a class that meets daily for 90-minutes or three weeks in a class that meets for 50-minutes daily.
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