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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding key English literary works and authors
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
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- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about authors and works from English literature for the SAT
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Authors and Works from English Literature chapter exam.
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- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an authors and works from English literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:
- Beowulf story and characters
- Chaucer and Middle English
- Shakespeare's life and works
- John Milton's major poems
- Alexander Pope's essays and poems
- Emily and Charlotte Bronte
- Summary and characters of Jane Eyre
- Jane Austen's major novels
- Lord Byron's biography and works
- John Keats poems and quotes
- Charles Dickens' influence and style
- George Bernard Shaw's major plays
- T.S. Eliot's style
- John Stuart Mill's theory
1. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English
In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.
2. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales
In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.
3. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
4. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems
In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.
5. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems
English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.
6. Introduction to Alexander Pope: Biography, Essays and Poems
Alexander Pope is one of the most quoted writers in the English language, which means you've probably heard his stuff before - you just don't know it yet. Watch this lesson for an overview of Pope's life and key works!
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
14. Introduction to George Bernard Shaw: Life and Major Plays
George Bernard Shaw is one of the most prolific and important playwrights in the last 150 years. Don't believe us? Watch this video to learn about his social activism, his important contribution to the world of education and, of course, his plays.
15. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
This video introduces T.S. Eliot and his major works. It outlines his early life and move to England, and traces his stylistic evolution over his most famous and significant poems.
16. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory
Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.
17. Dryden's Mac Flecknoe: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will explore 'Mac Flecknoe,' John Dryden's famous satirical poem. Our lesson will look at the context, form, meaning, and influence of the poem and will be followed by a short quiz.
18. What is English Literature? - History & Definition
English literature is hundreds of years old and continues to be one of the most popular courses of study in high schools and universities around the world. Learn about what defines English literature and a few of its greatest writers.
19. James Joyce's The Dead: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we examine 'The Dead', by James Joyce (1882-1941), one of the best known stories from the Irish writer's famous collection 'Dubliners'. Following the lesson, take the quiz to review what you learned.
20. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad: Summary & Analysis
Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale' is considered by many literary critics and scholars to be among Conrad's finest novels and one of the first works of English literature to seriously explore the subject of terrorism. The novel is also regarded by many scholars to be one of the first espionage novels of the 20th century.
21. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope: Summary & Characters
In this lesson we will examine Anthony Trollope's 'Barchester Towers' by summarizing the plot and then focusing on its interesting cast of characters. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
22. The Changeling by Thomas Middleton: Summary & Characters
''The Changeling'' by Thomas Middleton is the tragic story of love gone wrong and treachery. There are two story lines within the play, and both show the challenges of love.
23. The Massacre at Paris by Marlowe: Summary & Concept
''The Massacre at Paris'' by Christopher Marlowe is a history play written during the Elizabethan era of the English Renaissance. Read on to get a summary of the play and to learn more about its basic concept and themes.
24. William Boyd: Biography & Books
Once known as one of the top young British writers in the 1980's, William Boyd's career has spanned over three decades. It has resulted in several works -- including a James Bond book. Read on to learn what has made William Boyd a successful author and perhaps gain an interest in reading one of his works.
25. William Godwin's Adventures of Caleb Williams: Plot Summary & Explanation
This lesson will include a summary of William Godwin's novel, ''Things As They Are; or Adventures of Caleb Williams'', often simply called ''Caleb Williams''. After the summary, we will explore some of the important themes of ''Caleb Williams''.
26. Joseph Jacobs: Biography & Fairy Tales
Joseph Jacobs may be responsible for some of your favorite stories from childhood, and you didn't even know it! In this lesson, we'll take a look at the life of this folklorist and his contributions to your favorite childhood stories.
27. Stories in Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs
Preserved from the Indian culture, fairy tales compiled by folklorist Joseph Jacobs tell us of laughing fish, talking tortoises and a peculiar-looking lion. In this lesson, we'll dig into ~'Indian Fairy Tales.~'
28. The Three Sillies: Author & Story
Who's the silliest person you've ever met? In this lesson, we meet three sillies and a man on a quest to find folks even sillier. We'll take a look at the story, and the author who reimagined the English fairy tale.
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