English 10 Honors: American Literature » 'Rip Van Winkle' by Washington Irving|
||'Rip Van Winkle' by Washington Irving
A story revealing the attitudes of Americans at the time of the Revolutionary War
Scroll down for the discussion questions, vocabulary, the compete text, and a handout describing the features of American Romantic Literature.
Analysis: "Rip Van Winkle"
Students will demonstrate their understanding of:
- the distinctive features of American literary periods, particularly the Romantic Period;
- the world climate which precipitated the American Romantic Period;
- how the Romanticism impacted American literature;
- the Romantic American Hero archetype;
- how to interpret “Rip Van Winkle” as an allegory representing American history;
- how to interpret the roles of characters in allegory;
- how framing works in a story;
- how introductory paragraphs of stories can establish mood, help readers predict;
- how “Rip Van Winkle” exemplifies American Romantic Literature;
- how strong imagery creates vivid settings;
- how imagery develops meaning;
- how we can use “Rip Van Winkle” to help us comprehend the behaviors of subjects/citizens the context of the American Revolution;
- how these human behaviors manifest themselves today, the relevance of “Rip Van Winkle” in our culture today;
- how to participate in a successful Socratic discussion.
Before you read the story:
§ review the handout on “Close Reading”;
Immediately after you read the story:
§ develop 5 level two, and 3 level three questions.
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