Learn how authors develop a theme in that great anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Explore Walt Whitman’s innovative poetry to see how he uses sound and imagery. We enjoy an early Western with Bret Harte to learn about the use of local color, and who better to teach us about humor than Mark Twain in his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Students will learn about register through Paul Laurence Dunbar’s delightful and moving poetry. Stephen Crane’s classic The Red Badge of Courage uses powerful description to place us on the battlefield and in a boy’s heart. Emily Dickinson teaches us about figurative language with her insightful poems, and finally travel to the frozen north with The Call of the Wild to learn about point of view.
Materials: Lightning Literature American Literature Early - Late 19th Century, plus listed novels
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