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Unit Four: Modern American Literature | American Literature


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Introduction

  • Voices & Visions—general site for videos on the poets in this unit (be sure to preview videos for suitability to classroom use); includes other helpful links
  • 20th Century Technology—pictures and descriptions of some of the most influential inventions of the era, including the automobile, radio, and television; created by Time magazine (for use with Build Background: The Roaring Twenties, teacher’s edition, pp. 435-36)
  • “Comparing the Great Depression to the Great Recession”—an article that compares the two events (for use Build Background: The Great Depression, teacher’s edition, p. 436)
  • Karl Marx—biography and video provided by History.com (for use with Build Background: Intellectual Agitation, teacher’s edition, pp. 437-38)
  • Marxism—entry in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (for use with Build Background: Intellectual Agitation, teacher’s edition, pp. 437-38)
  • Freud: An Overview of His Ideas—links to a biography and explanations of aspects of his theories
  • What is Secular Humanism?—article giving a brief overview

Chapter 9: Modern Poetry

Imagism/Harlem Renaissance

Edwin Arlington Robinson

  • Edwin Arlington Robinson—biography at PoetryFoundation.org; includes links to several of his poems
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson—describes itself as “A Virtual Tour of Robinson's Gardiner, Maine”; includes links to numerous resources, including biography, maps and photos of Gardiner, and selected works
  • Gardiner Maine Vintage Postcards—images of postcards from the early 1900s
  • Tomb of the Medici—features the tomb of the Medici, Florence’s famous family referred to in “Miniver Cheevy”; illustrates Michelangelo’s sculpture and the Medici’s patronage of the arts

Robert Frost

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Imagists: Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, H. D., Archibald MacLeish

  • Ezra Pound—biography at PoetryFoundation.org; includes links to some of his poems and articles and to articles about him
  • Ezra Pound—includes biographical details; links to literary criticism about his work, including “In a Station of the Metro”; and links to additional poems; provided by Modern American Poetry, the companion site to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry
  • Definition of Haiku—definition from the Haiku Society of America website (for use with “Analyze: Imagism,” teacher’s edition, p. 465)
  • Haiku: Poetic Form—definition and examples provided by Poets.org (Academy of American Poets); briefly describes the form’s influence on Pound and imagism (for use with “Analyze: Imagism,” teacher’s edition, p. 465)
  • William Carlos Williams: Reading at Columbia (1942)—YouTube recording of the poet reading several of his poems; the first poem is “The Red Wheelbarrow” (for use with teacher’s edition, p. 466)
  • William Carlos Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow”—four recordings at PennSound (University of Pennsylvania) of Williams reading his poem; the last recording includes an explanation of the poem’s meaning in his own words (for use with teacher’s edition, p. 466)
  • William Carlos Williams—biography and many helpful audio links at PoetryArchive.org
  • Hilda Doolittle–includes biographical details, links to literary criticism about her work, and links to additional poems; provided by Modern American Poetry, the companion site to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry
  • Archibald MacLeish—biography and several poems at PoetryFoundation.org
  • Archibald MacLeish—biography and literary criticism (specifically includes “Ars Poetica”) at Modern American Poetry, the companion site to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry

T. S. Eliot

  • “My Last Duchess”text of the poem by Robert Browning; a good example of dramatic monologue (for use with Model, teacher’s edition, p. 469)
  • “Journey of the Magi”—recording of T. S. Eliot reading his poem; provided by PoetryArchive.org (for use with Read, teacher’s edition, p. 470)

Carl Sandburg

E. E. Cummings

Theodore Roethke

  • Theodore Roethke: Essential American Poets—audio recording of the poet reading several of his poems (only 8 minutes); audio for “My Papa’s Waltz” occurs at 2:25 on the recording (for use with Motivate, teacher’s edition, p. 483)
  • “My Papa's Waltz”—YouTube audio recording of poet reading his poem
  • The Mama and Papa—interview with poet Donald Hall about Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” and Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “The Mother”; includes a recording of Roethke reading his poem (starts at 6:44); part of the Poetry Off the Shelf series at PoetryFoundation.org

Harlem Renaissance Poets: Claude McKay, Countée Cullen, Langston Hughes

  • Harlem Renaissance—video at History.com introducing the movement (for use with Build Background, teacher’s edition, p. 486)
  • About Countée Cullen's Life and Career—biographical information by several literary critics; provided by Modern American Poetry, a companion site to the Anthology of Modern Poetry
  • “Ozymandias”—text and audio of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem; McKay subtly alludes to this poem in lines 11–14 of “America” (for use with Read: Compare Themes, teacher’s edition, p. 488)
  • “Harlem” by Langston Hughes—actor Danny Glover reading Hughes’s poem (for use with Evaluate, teacher’s edition, p. 490)
  • Jazz Poetry & Langston Hughes—Hughes reading some of his poems to jazz accompaniment; provided by the National Endowment for the Arts

Chapter 10: Modern Prose

The Lost Generation/The Social Idealists/Zora Neale Hurston

James Thurber

  • Thurber’s Cartoons—a short collection of Thurber’s comic drawings from The Thurber Carnival (for use with Motivate, teacher’s edition, p. 501)
  • “The Night The Bed Fell”—YouTube recording of Keith Olbermann reading Thurber’s short story (for use with Independent Reading, teacher’s edition, p. 507)
  • “Catbird Seat” Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3—three-part YouTube recording of Keith Olbermann reading the story (for use with ELL, teacher’s edition, p. 507)
  • Thurber House—the historic house location in Columbus, Ohio, where Thurber lived with his family while a student at Ohio State University

E. B. White

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Iron Lady: Feeling Vs. Thoughts—an older Thatcher recites the famous “Watch your thoughts” quotation (for use with Thatcher quotation, teacher’s edition, p. 520)
  • The Iron Lady Quotes—the first quotation in this list is used in the teacher’s edition on page 520
  • The Roaring Twenties—information and videos exploring 1920s culture
  • 1920s Fashion & Music—site about 1920s culture
  • The Great Gatsby: Teacher's Guide—teacher’s guide for The Great Gatsby; includes a downloadable pdf of lesson plans, media links, and essay topics; part of the Big Read program created by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Resources page also includes information for introducing the novel, establishing historical/literary context, and discussion questions to use with the novel

Ernest Hemingway

Thornton Wilder

John Steinbeck

Eudora Welty


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