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Ch 5: Romantic Prose in English Literature Lesson Plans

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The Romantic Prose in English Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott and their contemporaries in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Romantic Prose in English Literature chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Romantic Prose: Characteristics and ExamplesKey features of Romantic prose, survey of Romantic writers and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an example of frame narrative
Tuesday Emily and Charlotte Bronte: BiographiesEarly lives, influences and careers of the Bronte sisters
WednesdayEmily and Charlotte Bronte: NovelsPlots and themes of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
ThursdaySir Walter Scott: Biography and Novels Childhood, early poetry and historical fiction of Sir Walter Scott
FridayJane Austen: Life and NovelsBiography of Jane Austen, influence of real life on her work and overview of Pride and Prejudice, including character and plot analysis

25 Lessons in Chapter 5: Romantic Prose in English Literature Lesson Plans
Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

1. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

2. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

4. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

5. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.

Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

6. Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

In his life, Sir Walter Scott was both a lawyer and a poet, though it's when he started to write historical novels - anonymously - that his work really took off. Watch this video to learn all about the man credited with creating a whole genre of fiction.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

7. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

8. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

9. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

10. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

11. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

12. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

In this lesson, you'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan. It's a poem that's as famous for how it was written, a story involving drugs and a mysterious interruption, as the work itself.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

13. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

14. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'

Biography of Percy Shelley

15. Biography of Percy Shelley

If Percy Shelley were around today, you might find him at a Wall Street protest, buying quinoa at Whole Foods or falling in love with your sister. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this major Romantic poet, who followed his heart and ideals, no matter the outcome.

Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

16. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'

Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

17. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

If you were a leaf clinging to a tree in autumn, a gentle breeze might be pretty intimidating. In this lesson, we'll study Percy Shelley's take on this in his poem 'Ode to the West Wind' as well as how he hoped the wind would help spark a revolution.

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

18. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

19. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

20. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

In this lesson, learn about Romantic poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' which is considered one of the greatest odes ever written. In the poem, Keats has a surprisingly emotional reaction to staring at an old piece of pottery. We'll examine the story of the poem, its meaning and its form.

Ode on Melancholy by Keats

21. Ode on Melancholy by Keats

If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.

William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

22. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

Poets and their feelings - that pair has a bad reputation these days, but it used to be that poets didn't share their emotions. Then came William Wordsworth. In this lesson, you'll learn about Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England.

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

23. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

Is there a place you once visited and now, whenever you think of it, a flood of emotions returns? If so, then you can relate to William Wordsworth's ''Tintern Abbey.'' In this lesson, we'll examine the famous Romantic poem that's not really about an abbey at all.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

24. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.

Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake

25. Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake

How did a book of poetry written over 200 years ago by Romantic poet William Blake foreshadow an animated superhero movie? In this lesson, you'll learn about Blake's most significant and revered collection of poems, 'Songs of Innocence and Experience.'

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