Category Archives: Teaching Units

Teaching: Modernism and Harlem Renaissance Unit (American Literature)

Introduction/Background: Dr. Paul P. Reuben’s (CSU Stanislaus) Early Twentieth Century – American Modernism Introduction Valuable introduction to American Modernism, including their common characteristics, attitudes, tensions, literary achievements and themes. Touches modern sense of self and complex relationship between Modernism and “New Negro … Continue reading

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Teaching: Age of Reason Unit (American Literature)

Introduction/Background: The Enlightenment Brief historical background of Enlightenment, including lesson plans using excerpts from English thinkers (Hobbes’ The Leviathan and Locke’s Of Civil Government) and French Philosophes (Montesquieu’s The Spirit of Laws & Rousseau’s The Social Contract). Comparing Hobbes and Locke … Continue reading

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One Stop Planning Shop

In my head, I’m working out about five units at once and am having quite a time focusing on one unit and keeping everything straight. And, of course, we know the virtues of graphic organizers and, hopefully, use them to often to help … Continue reading

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Smagorinsky’s Virtual Library of Conceptual Units

Though I never took a class with Peter Smagorinsky, he visited our pre-service teaching cohort at least once. I remember feeling a profound awe and respect for his enormous contributions to the field of ELA Education and UGA’s English Ed program. So, … Continue reading

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