Wrapping Up Modernism & Introducing Post-Modernism

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SWBAT demonstrate mastery on researching skills, identify qualities of Modernism, and compile succinct, meaningful notes from the Post-Modernism historical context presented in the textbook.

Big Idea

A test that actually TEACHES students while measuring their skills? It's not a dream...it's the Common Core.


5 minutes

Today students will be taking their Modernism exam, which will be delivered through our online gradebook system, Skyward.  Before they get to work on their tests, I will outline my expectations for the hour.  Students need to take BOTH parts of a two-part exam, then begin work on reading and taking notes over the Post-Modernism historical context.  I will also remind students to keep an eye on their own computers.  Finally, when students begin their tests, I will move around the classroom and confirm that students have closed all tabs and windows on their Chromebooks before continuing on the test.


80 minutes

Students will have the remainder of the hour to take both parts of their Modernism Exam in Skyward.  I will let them know that they can take them in either order they choose, but both parts must be done before leaving class.  Strategically, I would suggest they complete the multiple choice part first (Part I), because more points are tied up in that part of the exam.  The second part of the exam asks students to apply researching and analysis skills, and while it could take some time, it would be easier to complete this section of the test quickly than it would be to rush through the multiple choice section.  

As soon as students complete the exam, they will move on to the final section of the lesson.


5 minutes
After students finish their tests, they will need to read through the historical context for the next unit in their Pearson textbook, Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience, Common Core Edition.  In addition to reading, students need to take focused notes over the section, which runs from page 966-977.  Major features of student notes need to include:
  • Trademarks of each generation
  • Historical themes shaping literature
  • Forces shaping literature & the effect on American values
  • Who the Beets were
  • How literature's tone differed from Modernism
  • Key themes of the genre
  • Role of the Writer
  • How Post-Modernism connects to Modernism
  • How Wars, Urban Life, and Suburbia contribute
  • How the American Dream has evolved
In order to improve the quality of note-taking, students should watch the following video before embarking on their note-taking journey!
Students need to bring back these completed, independently-created notes for a quiz next class period.   I have included a copy of a student's notes in the Resources section to demonstrate the kind of material introduced in this unit's historical context, though she obviously didn't heed the video's warning about over-writing!

Next Steps

Next class period, I know in advance that I will be absent, so while we typically discuss the notes during the period immediately after they take them, students will instead be taking a reading quiz to check that they actually took notes.  To reward diligent note-takers, students WILL be allowed to use whatever notes they have taken over the reading material on the quiz.