Ch 5: 19th Century Literature Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The 19th Century Literature Lesson Plans chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students about the works of 19th century poets and novelists 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 19th Century 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Poetry: Self-Reliance;
Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis;
Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
An analysis of Emerson's 'Self-Reliance' essay;
A synopsis of the book by the transcendental writer;
Examining the essay that demonstrated the writer's opposition to slavery
Tuesday Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis;
Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet;
Mark Twain, Biography, Works and Style as a Regionalist Writer
An exploration of the poetry of Emily Dickinson;
A biography of the American poet and a look at his works;
Mark Twain's early years and style of writing
Wednesday The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters;
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis;
Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis
A summary of the plot and characters of Huckleberry Finn;
A look at the events that unfolded in the Mark Twain novel and the Mississippi River as a central character;
A look at this tale of prairie life
Thursday Kate Chopin: Biography, Works and Style;
Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis;
Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
The most famous works of the Southern writer;
A synopsis of the 19th century novel;
An analysis of the plot of this work of feminist literature
Friday Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary and Analysis;
Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels
Examination and synopsis of the short story, 'The Yellow Wallpaper';
The beginnings and literary career of Edith Wharton

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: 19th Century Literature Lesson Plans
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Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

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.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

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.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

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.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

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.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

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.

Mark Twain: Biography, Works, and Style as a Regionalist Writer

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.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Plot Summary and Characters

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.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

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.

Willa Cather's My Antonia: Summary and Analysis

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.

Kate Chopin: Biography, Works, and Style

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.'

Kate Chopin's The Awakening: Summary and Analysis

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.

Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis

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.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary & Analysis

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.

Edith Wharton: Biography and Major Novels

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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