Introduction to Neoclassicism and Romanticism
- Grade Level: High School
- Subject Area: Social Studies, Language Arts
In this lesson, students use Internet resources to begin to answer, in written form, a series of questions about N/R. The lesson introduces students to both general and specific concepts of N/R and conducting research on the Internet.
- Gain proficiency in conducting scholarly research on the Internet.
- Develop an understanding of the identifying characteristics of N/R.
- Work on their writing skills by presenting their research findings in written form.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer (PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
- Special hardware requirements: None.
- Special software requirements: Word processing application; HTML editing application.
- Internet access: Medium-speed (28,000 BPS via modem) or High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
- Make sure the Internet connection is working, and bring up a search engine such as Yahoo (see Internet Resources below) on each monitor so that students will be able to start searching immediately.
- Visit and bookmark on each monitor the sites listed below so that students will have a place to start from if they have difficulty finding information.
- Have students use Internet resources to answer the following questions. See Internet Resources below for a listing of sites to help students get started with their research. Students should present their findings in written form, either as a word processing or HTML document.
- What type of architecture appeals to N/R? What structures embody N/R values?
- Describe the ideal garden for N/R.
- What are typical fashions for N/R?
- What musician most appeals to N/R? List at least 2 compositions for music representing N/R values.
- How is "nature" defined by N/R?
- Who is a typical N/R hero?
- What is the ideal human behavior for N/R? What human attributes do N/R think are most worth cultivating?
- What subject areas are treated in N/R prose and poetry?
This is a search engine. Users can enter keyword queries to find information.
- Literary Resources on the Net
This is the site that Jay Horschak's class started with when they completed their own N/R projects. Students can start with a search on Romanticism, which will turn up many "hits."
- English Language and Literature Resources
This is a site that contains many resources for conducting literary research in general. The site includes library resources, "e-texts," which are electronic reprints of text documents, and search engines devoted to literature.
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