Assignment: Defining Characteristics of Early American Writing

In this Performance Assessment, you must create a PowerPoint of at least 20 slides demonstrating your understanding of the defining characteristics of the three major literary periods covered in this class: Puritanism, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism (including Gothic, Transcendental, and slave writings). Clearly identify each one, including the time period they cover. Include their defining characteristics, major authors, and famous works associated with each literary period.  Be creative—use pictures, timelines, interesting data etc. Include an additional Works Cited page for all resources used. The Works Cited should be formatted in MLA, and at least 5 sources should be used.

Grading Rubric

Fell Below Expectations Met Expectations Exceeded Expectations
Each literary period is covered thoroughly-including time period, authors, and famous works 1 2 3
Creativity-the Power Point is creative, thorough, and demonstrates an engagement with the material. 1 2 3
MLA formatting guidelines are followed 1 2 3