About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 11th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about literature of the 19th century. There is no faster or easier way to learn about 19th century writers. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the works, styles and themes of such authors as Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Twain, Chopin and Wharton.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a 19th century literature unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
19th Century Literature Unit Objectives:
- Meet a wide variety of authors from the 19th century and learn more about their lives.
- Analyze Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience.
- Examine poems from Emily Dickinson.
- Describe themes and analyze characters in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Take an in-depth look at works by Willa Cather, Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins.
- Learn about Ralph Waldo Emerson's and Walt Whitman's transcendental poetry.
- Explore Mark Twain's style as a regionalist writer.
1. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay
This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.
2. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.
3. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis
Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.
5. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet
Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.
6. Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's life, his most acclaimed writings and his place as a realist and regionalist writer in this country's literary history.
7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters
In this lesson, we will learn about Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through a close examination of characters and plot.
8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis
In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.
9. Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine Willa Cather's most recognizable literary work, 'My Antonia'. We will take a look at the plot of this story while considering the ways in which this modernist novel uses language and setting to reflect character relationships and emotion.
10. Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style
In this lesson, we will learn about Kate Chopin, a Southern regionalist writer. First, we will consider how her life created a framework for stories that reflect early feminist values in a very traditional world, then we will look at her two most famous works, 'The Story of an Hour' and 'The Awakening.'
11. Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the acclaimed feminist novel 'The Awakening' by regionalist writer Kate Chopin. We will take a look at the protagonist, who wishes for freedom from her role as traditional wife and mother, while considering the 19th century world in which the novel was written.
12. Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour.' We will consider the ways in which the author's topics of marriage and independence reflect her feminist sensibilities and make this an early work of feminist literature.
13. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. We will consider the ways in which Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses the story to communicate about her own difficult experiences post-birth. Additionally, we will discuss her use of fiction as a vehicle to reveal what she felt was the less-than-equal existence of women during the 19th century.
14. Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Who was Edith Wharton? Only the author of over 40 books and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In this lesson, we'll explore her life and major novels.
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