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Ch 2: British Poetry for 12th Grade Lesson Plans

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The British Poetry for 12th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students in your classroom about the poetry of famous British writers. 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 British Poetry for 12th Grade 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 Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works;
Tennyson's 'In Memoriam', A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas;
Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias': Analysis and Themes;
'Ode to the West Wind' by Shelley: Analysis and Summary
The beginnings and works of the English poet;
A look at the poem's stanzas;
A summary of Shelley's famous poem;
An analysis of the poem's form and stanzas
Tuesday John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes;
' Ode on a Grecian Urn' by Keats: Analysis and Summary;
'Ode on Melancholy' by Keats;
'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer': Poem by John Keats
The life and romantic poetry of John Keats;
An analysis of the first through fourth stanzas;
The major themes and stanzas of this poem;
An analysis of the sonnet
Wednesday 'Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey' by Wordsworth;
William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography;
William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography;
Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
An examination of the poem and its setting;
The poet's early years and works;
The early life and famous poetry of William Blake;
Major themes and works of romantic poetry
Thursday Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography;
'Rime of the Ancient Mariner': Summary and Analysis;
'Kubla Khan' by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary;
Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
The poet's early life and his most famous works;
An analysis of the poem's romantic themes;
A look at how Coleridge wrote the poem;
Lord Byron's life as a young writer and a look at his works
Friday Byron's' Don Juan': Summary, Quotes and Analysis;
Introduction to Edmund Spenser: 'The Faerie Queene' and Sonnets
A look at the form and history of the epic poem;
The background of Edmund Spenser and an analysis of his poems and sonnets

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: British Poetry for 12th Grade Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

1. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.:  Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

2. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!

Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

3. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'

Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

4. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

If you were a leaf clinging to a tree in autumn, a gentle breeze might be pretty intimidating. In this lesson, we'll study Percy Shelley's take on this in his poem 'Ode to the West Wind' as well as how he hoped the wind would help spark a revolution.

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

5. 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.

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

6. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

In this lesson, learn about Romantic poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' which is considered one of the greatest odes ever written. In the poem, Keats has a surprisingly emotional reaction to staring at an old piece of pottery. We'll examine the story of the poem, its meaning and its form.

Ode on Melancholy by Keats

7. Ode on Melancholy by Keats

If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

8. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

9. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

Is there a place you once visited and now, whenever you think of it, a flood of emotions returns? If so, then you can relate to William Wordsworth's ''Tintern Abbey.'' In this lesson, we'll examine the famous Romantic poem that's not really about an abbey at all.

William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

10. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

In this lesson, you'll learn about William Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England and England's poet laureate from 1843-1850.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

11. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

12. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

13. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

14. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

15. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

In this lesson, you'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan. It's a poem that's as famous for how it was written, a story involving drugs and a mysterious interruption, as the work itself.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

16. 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.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

17. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'

Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

18. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets

Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes: Summary, Theme & Poem Analysis

19. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes: Summary, Theme & Poem Analysis

Alfred Noyes' 'The Highwayman' enjoyed popularity for several generations due to its catchy rhythms, vivid imagery, and Romantic narrative. Filled with nostalgia for an imagined past, the poem evokes a world where love is stronger than death.

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