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Ch 1: British Prose Authors - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum

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The British prose authors unit of this 12 Grade English Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about British prose authors. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our 12th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about British prose authors. There is no faster or easier way to learn about British prose authors. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the lives and major works of such British authors as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a 12th grade English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a British prose authors unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

British Prose Authors Unit Objectives:

  • Meet Jane Austen and study the plot and key characters in Pride and Prejudice then look at her five other major works.
  • Distinguish between the Bronte sisters, Emily and Charlotte, and study the plot of Wuthering Heights and characters in Jane Eyre.
  • Discuss the lives of George Eliot, Daniel Defoe and E.M. Forster; study several of their major works.
  • Explore writings by Charles Dickens and find out how his works were received at the time they were published.
  • Analyze works by Jonathan Swift and Joseph Conrad.
  • Compare Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to film renditions.
  • Take a look at Forster's treatment of colonialism in A Passage to India.

18 Lessons in Chapter 1: British Prose Authors - 12th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

1. 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.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

2. 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.

Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors

3. 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.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

4. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.

Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis

5. 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.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

6. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

7. 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.

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

8. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.

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

9. 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.

David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

10. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.

Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

11. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

12. 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.

Middlemarch:  Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

13. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.

Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works

14. Introduction to Daniel Defoe: Biography and Major Works

Castaways, pirates, spies and political prisoners. Some of it is fiction and some of it is the author's real life. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Daniel Defoe, one of England's most prolific and exciting authors.

Jonathan Swift and Satire: Examples and Analysis

15. 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~'.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

16. 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.

Introduction to E.M. Forster:  Overview of Life and Works

17. Introduction to E.M. Forster: Overview of Life and Works

E.M. Forster is one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century. In particular, his depictions of class issues struck a chord with many readers - and continue to do so today. Watch this lesson for an overview of his six key novels!

A Passage to India:  Forster's Treatment of Colonialism

18. A Passage to India: Forster's Treatment of Colonialism

'A Passage to India' is one of E.M. Forster's most celebrated novels. Watch this lesson to see why this sad story of British colonialism has stuck with audiences for almost a century.

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