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Ch 7: British Fiction for 10th Grade

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Watch the following video lessons and learn about the major works of a select group of British fiction writers. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of this section in a simple and clear manner.

British Fiction for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives

Maybe you've already seen the movies based on Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations or The Lord of the Flies or read the books. Now you can meet the authors behind the stories and delve in to their lives and original works. Learn about major British authors' history, writing styles, themes, characters and plots. This chapter is designed to teach you the following:

  • The moral development, social class and two endings of Dickens' Great Expectations
  • The stages of Dickens' life, corresponding works and literary style
  • The themes of Jane Austen's novels and the significance of her never marrying
  • Why Mary Ann Evans chose to use a pen name
  • Sir Walter Scott's physical challenges and influences on his poetry
  • How satire and paralipsis relate to Jonathan Swift's works
  • The themes and intricacies of William Golding's Lord of the Flies
  • The influences and essences of George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984

Video Objective
Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters and Social Class This lesson explains the major themes of moral development and social class and discusses the two different endings.
Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style and Influence Learn about the stages of Dickens' life and corresponding works as well as his literary style.
Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works Understand why Mary Ann Evans chose to use a pen name, and learn about the major themes in her key novels.
Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels Identify the major themes explored in Jane Austen's novels, and find out why it's noteworthy that Austen never married.
Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction Discern how Sir Walter Scott's physical challenges contributed to his writing development, and study the themes and influences of Scott's poetry.
Introduction to Jonathan Swift: Biography, Gulliver and A Modest Proposal Grasp the concepts of 'satire' and 'paralipsis' and learn how they relate to Swift's works.
The Lord of the Flies Meet the Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding, and explore the themes of this novel.
Animal Farm and 1984 Discover author George Orwell, and investigate the themes and influences of these two works.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: British Fiction for 10th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

1. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

2. 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.

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

3. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

4. 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.

Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

5. Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction

In his life, Sir Walter Scott was both a lawyer and a poet, though it's when he started to write historical novels - anonymously - that his work really took off. Watch this video to learn all about the man credited with creating a whole genre of fiction.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

6. Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

When it comes to English-language satire, few authors can top the legendary Jonathan Swift. Watch this lesson to learn about his two most important works, ~'A Modest Proposal~' and ~'Gulliver's Travels~'.

Lord of the Flies: Summary, Themes & Analysis

7. Lord of the Flies: Summary, Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize William Golding's novel 'Lord of the Flies'. We will then analyze the story by exploring the major themes and characters.

Orwell's Animal Farm: Summary, Characters and Themes

8. Orwell's Animal Farm: Summary, Characters and Themes

In this lesson, we will discuss why George Orwell wrote his novel 'Animal Farm'. We will then summarize and analyze the novel by discussing its characters and themes.

Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

9. Orwell's 1984: Summary and Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize George Orwell's novel 1984. We will then analyze the themes of the story, as well as the setting, tone, and characters.

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