Welcome to the Early American Writing Module. Early American Writing captures a nation in its infancy. From the first interactions between Native Americans and Europeans to stirring cries Some of the objectives you will learn are below:
- Analyze historical context; analyze cultural context.
- Identify characteristics of a creation myth, trickster tale, folk tale, memoir, historical narrative, drama, and autobiography.
- Analyze historically important speeches, public documents, and letters.
- Analyze themes; analyze author’s purpose; analyze characters.
- Analyze diction and tone; analyze imagery and figurative language.
- Analyze and evaluate elements of an argument.
- Analyze persuasive techniques and rhetorical devices.
- Analyze and evaluate primary sources.
- Analyze various structural patterns.
- Synthesize ideas and connect texts.
Follow the steps below to complete the module.
1. Log on to my.hrw.com. Go to Early American Writing – Unit Introduction.
2. Open up the Reader/ Writer Notebook and read pages 20-35. Answer the questions on Reader/ Writer Notebook questions and then print off your answers.
3. Go to Google Classroom and open up the Origins and Beliefs Introduction and read it. Go to my.hrw.com, Unit 1: Early American Writing, “The World on the Turtle’s Back”. Open up the PowerNotes Presentation and review it. Then go to the Reader/ Writer Notebook and answer the questions on the pop-up menu. Print off your answers when you are finished. Then go back to Google Classroom and open up the Google Slide that is titled “The World on the Turtle’s Back Photo Essay”. Complete the photo essay and then submit it to Google Classroom. When you are done with that you are ready to move onto the next step.
4. Once you have completed the assignments for “The World on the Turtle’s Back” come see me. You will need to take the quiz over “The World on the Turtle’s Back”.
5. Now it is time to begin reading “When the Grizzlies Walked Upright.” Click on the link in the previous sentence to access the reading. Also, please go to Google Classroom and open the Google Slide titled “Legends and Myths Graphic Organizer”. Read the story and then complete the graphic organizer. When you are finished submit the Legends and Myths Graphic Organizer to Google Classroom.
6. Once you have completed the assignments for “When the Grizzlies Walked Upright” come see me. You will need to take the quiz over “When the Grizzlies Walked Upright”.
7. Now you will need to read “Coyote and the Buffalo” in your textbook. Go to my.hrw.com and go to “Unit 1: Early American Writing: Coyote and the Buffalo.” Before you begin reading go to the Online Extra section and select “Word Sharp: Denotations and Connotations.” Select the exercise and complete the mini-module. Once you completed the “Word Sharp: Denotations and Connotations” print out your work and hand it into me. Now go to the “Level Up: Making Predictions”. Complete the tutorial and once you are completed take a screenshot of your results from the practice. It should look something like the image below.
Turn your screenshot into Google Classroom. Now open up the “Reader/ Writer Notebook” and complete it as you read “Coyote and the Buffalo.” Print it off and hand it to me when you have completed the assignment.
8. Once you have completed the assignments for “Coyote and the Buffalo” come see me. You have a quiz over the reading.
9. You have now almost complete with the Native American Writing portion of this unit. You must complete the Native American Media Study. This is something we do as a class. Refer to your teacher for details.
10. Now you are ready to ready to begin reading “The Devil and Tom Walker.” Go to this link to open the reading. Go to Google Classroom and open up the Google Slide called “The Devil and Tom Walker Study Guide”. Fill out this study guide as you complete the story.
11. Once you have completed the story “The Devil and Tom Walker” come see me to take the quiz over the reading.
12. Get ready for a scare! You are going to read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“. Click on the link in the previous sentence to access the story. If you would like audio to this story as well go to this link here. Go to Google Classroom and open up the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow Flip Book”. As you read, fill out the flip book. When it is complete turn it into Google Classroom. When you have completed that come see me for the quiz.
13. You have completed the first half of the Early American Writing Module!
Please go to The Crucible page for the second half of the Early American Writing Module.