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Course SummaryThis English 101 Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully-developed resource to help you teach English literature. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this English 101 course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of English literature, from literary terms and analysis to nonfiction in English literature. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on most chapters, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific English course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like turn-of-the-century literature. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on analyzing English literature includes key terms like simile, metaphor, personification, rhyme and meter.
As you work on your English lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like Medieval literature if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from an introduction to English literature to rhetorical devices can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on Beowulf or The Canterbury Tales? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about British drama, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on Victorian literature, you can point your students to the transcripts on themes, authors and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework- Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding how to analyze a poem to key facts, like whether Romantic works are always about love.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on Modernism? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What was so shocking about Restoration comedy?
Below is a sketch of the English 101 syllabus modeled on an 11-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1|| Introduction to English Literature;|
Literary Terms and Analysis
|Course overview; literary periods, theory, terms and analysis; literature test-taking strategies|
|Week 2||Old and Middle English Literature||Historical context, Beowulf, Chaucer|
|Week 3||The Renaissance in English Literature||Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson|
|Week 4||17th and 18th Century English Literature||Jonathan Swift, Ann Radcliffe, Gothic literature|
|Week 5||Romantic Prose in English Literature||Mary Shelley, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen|
|Week 6||Romantic Poetry in English Literature||Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats|
|Week 7||Victorian Literature||Overview of themes, Charles Dickens, George Eliot|
|Week 8||Turn-of-the-Century Literature||Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats|
|Week 9||Modernism in English Literature||Historical context, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce|
|Week 10||Nonfiction in English Literature||Political essays, utilitarianism|
|Week 11||Analyzing English Literature||Plot techniques, analysis|
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