Dark and Light Romanticism

The Fireside Poets, Poe, and Hawthorne

ELO - Extra Learning Opportunity / Romanticism Unit

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ELO - Extra Learning Opportunity - Analysis of Allusions in Poe's "The Raven"

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Dark / Light Romanticism Course Content - Page One:

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Edgar Allan Poe - Gothic / Dark Romantic

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"The Fall of the House of Usher" Vocabulary Help

A great site to assist you in a complete understanding of Poe's text. Includes SAT words from this story, along with definitions, and the sentences in the story which contain the words. Poe's use of vocabulary helps to establish his mood.

Knowing Poe: Webquest

A fun, interactive web quest with additional biographical and literary background.

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LitCharts.com Study Guide: Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil"

"The Minister's Black Veil" - The Puritans

This site contains historical background regarding Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Puritans. See the LitCharts.com Study Guide at the end of this Smore for a summary and analysis of Irving's creepy-cool story.

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Interesting Factoid: Puritan Trade Route Map

New England in the 1600s.
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Light Romantics / The Fireside Poets: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Poets.org: A Brief Guide to the Fireside Poets

Great side for additional analysis and historical background of the authors and their texts.

Grammar: Parts of the Sentence

Be sure to review all of the helpful information in your Course Content!
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Romanticism Page 10 Resources Link: Grammar

Extra help with Direct Objects and Indirect Objects.

Rubric for "Creating Atmosphere" Writing Project

Be sure to follow this rubric carefully as you write, edit, and revise this assignment! It is located in your Romanticism Course Content on Page 9. Enjoy!

Additional Tips:

  • Always go above-and-beyond every Rubric - they contain the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS in order to pass - even in the A range - if it says (1) page, do (2), etc.
  • Write a story that I would want to post as a future student sample! Always aim high!
  • This assignment - in order to achieve a grade in the A range, you will need AT LEAST (2) pages, double-spaced, in order to develop a story with engaging mood / tone / atmosphere.
  • Complete TITLE as follows, with a title and sub-title: Creating Atmosphere: then insert the title of your story after the colon.
  • IMAGERY: you will use an abundance of vivid verbs and adjectives in order to achieve this. You are painting a picture of your story in your audience's heads.
  • NARRATION: Use 1st person narration to effectively create your atmosphere.
  • EDIT, & REVISE: Avoid working hard on a paper or project, and then submitting it with multiple errors! This immediately takes you out of the A, or even high B range!
  • CREATIVITY: Always write your best story / essay to date! Again, aim high!
  • I want you to succeed! You have to plan ahead and work hard in order to achieve this goal!
  • ENJOY! Have fun with this assignment - this is my favorite unit to teach!

Mrs. Wolff

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Washington Irving - Dark Romantic

LitCharts.com Study Guide: Washington Irving's "The Devil and Tom Walker"

LitCharts.com Study Guide for "The Devil and Tom Walker":


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As always, for each Discussion Post and Reply, you must always include a 6-8 sentence original Post - discuss and analyze a concept / quote that has not yet been discussed - and include a 4-5 sentence Reply, which also raises a new point, relates the discussion to today's society, and/or discusses and analyzes an additional quote from the text in order to agree with the Post, or raise a Counter-Argument (Concession and Rebuttal).

Remember to always include these (3) items in each Post and Reply:

1) Context: Set-up the quote you will discuss, and answer "The 4 Ws" of the quote - who, what, where, and when.

2) Evidence: Include the quote itself

3) Analysis: Make a claim about the quote, and then analyze it in detail. The quote is your evidence, and it must clearly relate to your claim. Your analysis should convinces us of your argument.

Points Possible for each Post and Reply that meets the above requirements:

Original Reply: 8 points

Reply #1: 1 point

Reply #2: 1 point


Be sure to take the SELF-ASSESSMENT on Page 10 of your Romanticism Course Content. This multiple-choice self-test is designed to prepare you for your American Romanticism Unit Test (see page 11 in our Romanticism Course Content).

Romanticism Project & Rubric: Art, Music, & Literature - Course Content, Page 11

Again, this is a very involved, time-consuming project. Tips for success:

  • As with every project and essay, give yourself at least one week to complete the first draft, then edit, then revise.
  • Read and reread (or listen and listen again) each text, whatever the form, before beginning your assignment.
  • Always follow MLA Format - cite your sources, both written and visual.
  • Sources: Must always be educational / academic (.edu, history.org, etc. - no Wikipedia, etc.)
  • Choose a literary text appropriate to our assignment - make it challenging, so you have something to work with! The simpler the text, the lower your grade. Always challenge yourself!
  • PowerPoint Requirements: (Page 11) Read these bullet-point instructions carefully!
  • RUBRIC - Follow it, and always go above-and-beyond what is required! Let me know if you have any questions about the rubric!

Enjoy this project - it has something for everyone!

Mrs. Wolff

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LitChart.com Study Guide: "The Devil and Tom Walker"

Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic story--accessible study guide for students! The nine pages, below, are designed to help you better understand this short story's by summary and analysis of:

  • Historical context
  • Literary context
  • Plot overview
  • Characterization
  • Themes
  • Symbols
  • Quotes
  • Summary and Analysis

Read this for a deeper, more interesting reading of Hawthorne's fabulous story!

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