Video Notes – Early American Literature – The Puritans

Students – As we move away from the oral tradition of the Native Americans and begin to examine the literature of the Puritans, take a moment to watch the brief video at the link below. You should be gathering your background notes on the period from this video.

Remember that the readings from ‘CommonLit’ are still considered a part of the texts you can be tested on – it is your responsibility to print a copy of these readings out on your own time if you need a copy to review later (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND printing our digital readings out…you guys tend to have a harder time remembering the texts that you read online!).

Remember to continue to consider our essential questions for this unit as we move forward – you will be expected to write a reflection on one of these questions in your journal, and I will expect you to be able to reference the readings and make connections between them!

  • How did we become a ‘nation’?
  • Which experiences in living in a new land nurture the individual and the community?
  • How does the land make a difference to experience?
  • What ‘freedom’ mean?
11th Grade American Literature Spring 2018

Video Notes – Early American Literature – The Puritans

Students – As we move away from the oral tradition of the Native Americans and begin to examine the literature of the Puritans, take a moment to watch the brief video at the link below. You should be gathering your background notes on the period from this video.

Remember that the readings from ‘CommonLit’ are still considered a part of the texts you can be tested on – it is your responsibility to print a copy of these readings out on your own time if you need a copy to review later (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND printing our digital readings out…you guys tend to have a harder time remembering the texts that you read online!).

Remember to continue to consider our essential questions for this unit as we move forward – you will be expected to write a reflection on one of these questions in your journal, and I will expect you to be able to reference the readings and make connections between them!

  • How did we become a ‘nation’?
  • Which experiences in living in a new land nurture the individual and the community?
  • How does the land make a difference to experience?
  • What ‘freedom’ mean?
11th Grade American Literature Fall 2017

Of Plymouth Plantation – Close Reading and Notes

As we continue to discuss Puritanism and analyze William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation”, be sure to look up the additional vocabulary that will prove helpful (hint: it might show up on a quiz next week…).

You can also view the video used for our background notes over William Bradford below:

Additionally you can find the close reading question handout linked below, should you lose yours!

Of Plymouth Plantation Close Reading 

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Honors American Lit: Below you will find the notes from your GREAT (though quiet!) class discussion today should you need them for your notes:
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Additionally, here is a copy of the SOAPSTone Plus process, should you forget how to do it 🙂

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11th Grade American Literature Fall 2016

Edward Taylor – Video Notes and Analysis

As historical context is so very important to how we read and understand poetry in this course, please take a moment to watch the two videos below on Edward Taylor – it will be a well spent 8 minutes, I promise!

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Click here for Edward Taylor’s poem ‘Huswifery’, and a denotative and connotative translation of the text.

11th Grade American Literature Fall 2016