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American Romanticism
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Grade: 11th Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Terri Smith
Newcomb Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 3: Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

Analyze and evaluate fiction from the perspective and ideas of the literary movement and historical milieu in which it was created.

Keywords: Romanticism, Literature, Hudson River School
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What were the distinctive characteristics of Romanticism that influenced American art and literature between 1800 and 1870?
Context:

The intent of this challenge is to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the Romantic period in American art and literature in a persuasive way. Students will need access to research materials and multiple examples of art and literature from this period. Students will also want to discuss the attributes of a quality advertisement as they engage this challenge.

The Challenge:

Your team of two or three is an advertising agency that has been commissioned to develop a TV sales campaign to sell American art and literature of the Romantic period. You have been asked to create a TV commercial no longer than 4 minutes in length that is designed to sell two pieces of literature from two different genres or authors and one painting from the Romantic period. The painting should be from the Hudson River School.  Your audience will be a group of potential buyers (fellow students with coupons to spend) who are interested in the Romantic period. They will gather at breakfast to see your commercial and make their purchases.

It is very important that your advertisment and the information it contains about the Romantic period be of the highest quality. To that end,  please consider the following as you design your commercial:

  • Make sure your commercial includes at least 5 attributes of a quality advertisement
  • Make sure you highlight at least 6 elements of Romantic art and literature and interprete your examples of art and literature correctly
  • Include a quote from some credible authority to support you claim regarding the 6 elements of Romantic art and literature -
  • Make sure you use examples of at least two different genres or authors of Romantic literarture in your commercial

Be creative in the design of your commercial; do not hesititate you use props or costumes to enhance the quality of your work.Finally, be sure that all group members do their fair share of the work and contribute to the commercial itself.

You will have class time to prepare, but you must also work outside of class. We will discuss the time parameters for this project in class.

Worksheet: American Romanticism Worksheet

Quality Standards:
  • - Commerical is within specified time limits: 1-4 minutes in length
  • Commercial includes at least 5 attributes of a quality advertisement
  • Commercial highlights at least 6 elements of Romantic art and literature
  • Interpretation of two examples of Romantic literature and one Hudson School painting is accurate
  • Quotes from  credible authorities are used to support claims regarding the 6 elements of Romantic art and literature
  • Commercial uses examples of at least two different genres or authors of Romantic literarture
  • All group members do their fair share of the work and contribute to the commercial
  • Commercial is creative, catchy. Costumes and/or props are used
  • Language of the commercial is persuasive
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Content

  • Includes 2 pieces of literature from different authors or different genres
  • Includes a Hudson River School Painting
  • Accurately interprets Romantic elements in literature
  • Accurately interprets Romantic

45

Performance -

  • Includes 5 attributes of quality advertising
  • Props and/or costumes complement ad
  • Language is persuasive
  • Catchy; gets audience attention

35

Rule

  • - Commercial is appropriate length; 1-4 minutes
  • Commercial is to be presented on time
  • All group members do fair share of work & contribute to commercial

15

Above & beyond

5

Completed Romanticism Debrief

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