Write an analytical essay that examines the ways in which post-Civil War writers use the elements of REALISM to present and emphasize a variety of themes in response to industrialization, urban growth, and social change.
How do 19th Century American authors explore and expand ideas of justice?
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 ?
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”
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.
III. Post-Reading: Summary
Objective 4: Identify features of REALISM and REGIONALISM and explain how SATIRE & IRONY contribute to theme.
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.
II. Read and Annotate: “The Journey” by Edith Wharton
III. Post Reading: Coffeehouse Discussion