Teacher Guide

The American Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To understand how the setting and characters in The American relate to broader historical and cultural contexts, such as the tradition of exchange between the United States and France in the nineteenth century.

  2. 2

    To effectively utilize research and presentation tools to create an informational archive and visual timeline of events, figures, and sites related to the novel.

  3. 3

    To produce sophisticated written and artistic responses to the text and related audio-visual materials.

  4. 4

    To work effectively individually and in groups to develop arguments...

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