By Rodney Bryant,2015-02-26 18:28
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    Course Overview Project

    Goal: To demonstrate an understanding of movements in American Literature

    Objectives: To research literary movements (5.2, 6.1, and 6.2)

     To synthesize information (6.5)

    To present findings in an oral presentation (1.3.2)

    To utilize technology (1.3.2)

    Directions: In groups you will research literary movements in American Literature to provide an overview of the course. The seven literary periods are listed below. Each group will be responsible for researching the time period including: the important history/culture of the time, the major writers/works of the time, and literary trends during the period. Each group must then present their findings to the class and must use visual aids. (Power Point, Windows Movie Maker, Web Site, Posters, Handouts for the class, etc) Additionally, each group must develop and submit three multiple style test questions that I will use to create a test for the class. Our country has developed like a person does:

    Before: Pre-beginnings-- Native American Traditions to 1620

    First: Childhood -- gets its ideas from its parents -Colonial Period/Puritanism 1650-1750

    Then: Adolescence -- begins to rebel and form its own way of living -Revolutionary

    Period/Age of Rationalism 1750-1800

    Then: Late teens -- idealism, dreams of romance, optimistic plans for the future Romanticism,

    Transcendentalism, Anti-transcendentalism 1800-1855

    Next: Adulthood -- meets its first disappointment- the biggest blow of all, a family fight --the

    Civil War -- which brings in the Age of Realism/Naturalism 1850/1900

    Followed by: Mid-life -- disillusionment, feeling of an indifferent universe, self-searching-

    Modernism 1900-1946

    Leading to: Maturity -- fulfillment and acceptance of diversity and culture- Post Modernism

    and Contemporary Twentieth Century 1946-Present


    Evaluation Presentation Rubric

     Overall Performance ______________________

     Criteria Mastery Above Standard Standard Approaches Below Standard

    93-100 86-92 80-85 Standard 68-73

    74-79 Focus

    -Demonstrates a - Demonstrates a -Demonstrates an Demonstrates a -Demonstrates an sophisticated sophisticated basic and accurate understanding of inadequate understanding of the understanding of the understanding of the relevant issues, events understanding of the issues, events and facts issues, events and issues, events and and facts, but may history content relevant to the topic facts relevant to the facts relevant to the exhibit minor relevant to the topic topic topic. confusion

    Organization Extremely thorough, Well-organized and Organized and Somewhat organized Information is Well-organized complete presentation generally complete presentation of unorganized, presentation of of information and presentation of information and incomplete, or information and evidence information and evidence completely lacking in evidence evidence evidence

Content -Demonstrates -Demonstrates -Demonstrates the Does not support -Supports statements thorough and accurate thorough and accurate ability to make basic ideas with relevant with vague or understanding of understanding of connections between facts; OR, seem to irrelevant details as well as the details as well as the facts and concepts understand facts but information, or no ability to make original ability to make are unable to connect information at all connections and original connections them interpretations and interpretations


    Makes deliberate and Uses visual aids to Uses some visual aid Makes minimal use of Does not visuals effective use of visual enhance effectiveness to make presentation visual aids aids of presentation more effective


     Uses language that is Uses appropriate Uses appropriate Generally uses Uses colloquial, sophisticated, Strong language. language, Some eye language that is overly simplistic eye contact with entire Appropriate eye contact with audience appropriate, Little eye language, No eye audience. Posture contact with audience, Satisfactory posture, contact with audience, contact with audience, conveyed confidence positive posture, Movements were Poor posture, Poor or slouchy Gestures were effective Movements were natural Movements were posture natural stiff or unnatural Movements were stiff or unnatural

Performance Exhibits confidence, Exhibits confidence Appears nervous, yet Lacks confidence Demonstrates little or energy, and passion; and energy somewhat confident no preparation


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