An Age of Realism

Unit Goal:

Realism, Naturalism, Regionalism, themes, setting, irony, purpose, tone, diction, imagery, point of view, plot, conflict, mood, climax, resolution, structure

Objective I:  Define Realism

I. Pre-Reading: What is reality according to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave ?

II.  Reading: Introduction to Realism, Video

III.  Post Reading: What is realism? Gallery Walk Quotes

Objective 2: Identify HISTORICAL CONTEXT that inspired Realism in 19th Century American art and culture.

I. Pre-Reading: Tenement Photos by Jacob Riis & “Child Mortality Rates: A Report by the Tenement House Committee”

II.  ReadingJacob Riis A Biography, “Genesis of the Tenement” an essay from How the Other Half Lives

III.  Post Reading: Coffeehouse Discussion-How does Jacob Riis use of fact and detail to support his point of view?


Objective 3:  Identify features of REALISM and NATURALISM and explain how these contribute to theme.

I.  Pre-ReadingIntroduction to Jack London:Background & Influence

II.  Reading:Introduction to Naturalism: “To Build a Fire” by Jack London (331-346)

III. Post-Reading: Summary

Objective 4:  Identify features of REALISM and REGIONALISM and explain how SATIRE & IRONY contribute to theme.

I.   Pre-Reading: Mark Twain Notes, Mark Twain Background Video

II: Read and Annotate: “The Lowest Animal”

III. Post-Reading: Complete Dialectical Journal to identify Twain’s use Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Objective 5:  Identify features of PSYCHOLOGICAL REALISM and explain how POINT OF VIEW & IRONY contribute to theme.

I. Pre-Reading: Edith Wharton Notes, Background Video

II.  Read and Annotate: “The Journey” by Edith Wharton

III. Post Reading: Coffeehouse Discussion