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Below is a sample breakdown of the 20th 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||Social and political themes||Discuss the works of Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, and Virginia Woolf|
|Tuesday||T.S. Eliot||Identify themes, movements, and structures in 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and The Wasteland|
|Wednesday||Fitzgerald and Faulkner||Compare and contrast the styles of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner|
|Thursday||Ernest Hemingway||Examine the writer and his works, especially For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms|
|Friday||John Steinbeck and Eugene O'Neill|| Identify factors of Steinbeck's unique style in such works as Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath;|
O'Neill's biography and major plays
1. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
2. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style
Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.
3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis
This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.
4. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained
As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.
5. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works
This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.
6. Mrs. Dalloway: Analysis of Characters and Style
This lesson outlines the characters, major plot points and style of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs. Dalloway.' We'll discuss how free indirect discourse informs both the style and substance of the novel, and how memory and interpretation are valued more highly than relaying concrete events.
7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.
8. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character
F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!
9. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.
10. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis
Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis
Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.
12. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style
William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.
13. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.
14. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style
John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.
15. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.
16. The Outsiders: Summary & Characters
S. E. Hinton's young adult novel 'The Outsiders' has been celebrated as a classic work of fiction for nearly half a century. This lesson summarizes the novel's plot and major characters and discusses its significance and influence on the genre of YA fiction.
17. Animal Farm: Plot Summary
This lesson details the plot summary of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 'Animal Farm.' See how Orwell used farm animals as allegories to describe what happened in the early years of the Soviet Union, then test yourself with a quiz!
18. Winter Dreams Discussion Questions
'Winter Dreams' is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about materialism and its negative consequences. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.
19. I Am Malala Discussion Questions
In 2013, Malala Yousafzai wrote 'I Am Malala', a memoir of her upbringing in Pakistan, her fight for education and the adversity she faced. Use these questions in your middle or high school classroom to help students dig deeper into the text.
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