American Literature: Colonial Period, 1607-1783

If you’re like me, you spend hours contemplating the colonial period in American History from an historical perspective. But there’s a literary perspective as well.

In fact, if you’re a teacher of American Literature, you’ve probably incited your class to rebel by cramming colonial prose into the curriculum. That’s what I did when I taught American Literature. And that’s what I’ll do again. After all, Colonial Literature and the Age of Enlightenment has produced some of the most important and most influential documents in the history of the world.

Before we get to a brief description of Colonial Literature, I’m gonna give you a graphic organizer and lesson plan to help students analyze pieces from the Colonial Period of American Literature and the Age of Enlightenment: The Colonial Period and Age of Enlightenment Lesson Plan.

The Colonial Period and the Age of Enlightenment

Literary Periods Lesson Plans