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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Themes in 19th Century Literature

Name: Helena Shaer

Content Area: English/Language Arts

Grade Level: 12th

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.9: Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and early-twentieth-century

foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar
themes or topics.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2: Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their
development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex
account; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.W.11-12.2D: Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor,
simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2B: Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts,
extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audiences
knowledge of the topic.
Big Ideas:
The 19th century as a time of change, in particular about gender roles and social issues. Literature as a means of saying
something important about society. 19th century literature containing themes still relevant to todays world.

Unit Goals and Objectives:

Students will be able to identify themes in 19th century literature.
Students will compare and contrast two works from the 19th century.
Students will connect 19th century themes to issues still going on today.
Unit Summary:
In this unit, students will essentially be reading and then comparing two 19 th century works to determine similar and competing
themes, and to discover the common themes amongst 19th century literature. They will be searching for themes through literary
terms and will discover how those themes match up with greater issues of the 19 th century, then connect those themes and
issues to those still going on today. By the end of the unit, they will be more connected to the text through comparing the
themes and issues from the 19th century to todays world and will become more knowledgeable about how to connect literary
devices to themes.
Assessment Plan:

Entry-Level: Students will complete a 19th

century questionnaire on survey monkey
to determine their prior knowledge and
weaknesses in the areas of 19th century

Formative: Students will complete a

virtual venn diagram online through their
lesson 2 webercise and will print it out
for future reference, creating a visual to
compare and contrast works we have
read in class.
Students will review sample flashcards
and create their own Quizlet flashcards
on literary devices and themes in both
Poe and Chopins works, to help prepare
them for future assignments as well as
A chalkboard splash assignment will be
used one day to determine students
level of understanding about a topic. This
splash is done by writing multiple
discussion questions on the board and
allowing students to come up all at once
to answer these questions on the board.
They will feed off the other answers and
questions of their fellow students and
use lines and arrows to connect their
ideas, creating a large idea board of
sorts, which will then be discussed
Students will also be required to
complete a metacognition exit slip, which
will allow the teacher to further assess
student learning as a whole. Students
will answer questions such as what did
we do today? and how did we do it?
before also listing one question they still
The last formative assessment is a
twitter summary, in which students will
tweet a summary of what they learned
for the day in 140 characters or less, and
will use the class hashtag in their tweet

Summative: The first is where students

will create their own graphic organizer
(for more information, see lesson 3).
The second assessment will ask students
to create a blog in which they will use a
characters point of view to react to
issues present in todays society. This will
be done in groups, and each group will be
required to create one site and

so that the teacher may see all of their

Lesson 1
Student Learning
Students will be able
to identify the themes
of 19th century

Acceptable Evidence:
-Completed guided
-Chalkboard splash


Lesson Activities: Students will read through The Raven

and The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe together in-class, then will
read The Awakening by Chopin at home and participate in inclass discussions about the reading. Students will be given a
lecture on prezi by the teacher and guided notes for
following along. Students will participate in many
discussions, lectures, and activities that ask them to use
literary devices to find the themes of 19th century literature,
including participation in the chalkboard splash.

Acceptable Evidence:
-Virtual Venn Diagram
-Quizlet Flashcards
-Metacognition Exit


Lesson Activities: Students will be given lectures and will

complete multiple formative assessments in order to better
understand the differences and similarities in themes and
literary devices between Poe and Chopins work. They will be
given a webercise that asks them specifically to search
webpages for differences between the works, and will create
a visual (venn diagram) to assist in this. Students will work
on studying the literary devices within the works and how
they convey the themes by creating their own flashcards to
study from. Students will spend most of their lessons in this
section focused on discussion and careful analysis of both
authors works.

Acceptable Evidence:
-Twitter Summary
-Create graphic
-Create blog


Lesson Activities: Students will wrap-up what they have

learned over the last few lessons with this final lesson that
asks students to take what they have learned about the 19 th
century and its themes and compare it to the issues and
themes of todays world. Students will be asked to take what
they know about 19th century themes and draw connections
to the social issues of today by summarizing what they have
learned through twitter. They will also engage in group
discussions and debates about the issues and how they
compare/contrast to todays issues. Students will fill out a
graphic organizer as well as create their own blog in order to
create these comparisons and will elaborate on the literary
techniques used by each author through these assignments.

Lesson 2
Student Learning
Students will compare
and contrast two
works from the 19th

Lesson 3
Student Learning
Students will connect
19th century themes
to issues still going on

Unit Resources:
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven by Edgar A. Poe

Useful Websites:

Specific look at the lives of women in the 19 th century, contains many beautiful images and works of art to explain
the feelings of the time period.
Focus on Kate Chopin and her reaction to womens issues and southern culture. Explains how issues of the time period are shown in Chopins work and
how her work helped to effect the world around her.
Broader look at men and women in the 19th century, the ideas and biases that divided them. Goes into detail about the sphere of domesticity and the
stereotypes that both sexes had about sexuality and other issues.
Interactive site focusing on the themes of 19th century literature, from the Romantics to the Victorians. Contains multiple articles written by different authors
and incredible images that explain the social issues and themes of 19 th century literature.
Explains the main themes pertinent in 19th century novels and describes/elaborates on the romantic and Victorian novel.
Audiobook version of The Awakening
Audiobook version of six of Poes short stories
Animated version of The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe
Visual Essay for Kate Chopins The Awakening
Overview of Chopins life and and her feminist connections within her literature
A visual mini-biography of Edgar Allan Poes life
News clip of researcher focusing on understanding and re-evaluating 19 th Century American womens literature