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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding British prose for 12th grade
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning English (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about British prose for 12th grade
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra English 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 British prose for 12th grade chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know; review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any British prose question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a British prose unit of a standard 12th grade English course. Topics covered include:
- Jane Austen's biography and major novels
- Charles Dickens' works
- Jonathan Swift and satire
- Emily and Charlotte Bronte
- Daniel Defoe's biography and major works
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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~'.
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.
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!
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.
19. A Bend in the River: Summary, Characters & Analysis
This lesson will include a summary of V.S. Naipaul's 'A Bend In The River.' It will also include a list of the main characters, as well as an analysis of the themes and motifs of the book.
20. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: Summary, Characters & Themes
''Brave New World'' was published by Aldous Huxley in 1932. This lesson looks at the main characters as well as the theme of government control. It will also explain dystopian fiction.
21. Charlotte Bronte's Villette: Summary & Overview
Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Villette' introduces us to Lucy Snowe, a sensible young woman with no family of her own. In this lesson we'll summarize how this Bronte heroine struggles through life and losses with grace and kindness.
22. Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we'll look at Matthew Arnold's 'Culture and Anarchy,' a social and political critique that explains Arnold's understanding of the concept of culture and why society needed it. Following our summary and analysis, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
23. Doublethink in 1984: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll define George Orwell's concept of doublethink as used in his political novel,''1984''. We'll also look at several examples of how Orwell incorporated doublethink into his fictitious totalitarian society as a warning to Western readers.
24. Sherlock Holmes: Books, Characters & Author
In this lesson, you'll learn about Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant, iconic sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and featured in many of his novels and short stories. You'll also get an introduction to Holmes's crime-solving associate.
25. The Lord of the Rings: Themes & Analysis
Delve into the realm of ''The Lord of the Rings'', an epic three-volume fantasy novel series written by J.R.R. Tolkien, a linguistics scholar who is known as one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time.
26. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Symbolism & Analysis
In this lesson, we will study Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Masque of the Red Death.' After a brief summary of the plot, we will analyze the story's symbols and motifs and discuss its theme. We will conclude the lesson with a short quiz.
27. Baroque Literature in England: Writers & Characteristics
In this lesson we will learn about Baroque Literature, and particularly the English Baroque writers such as John Milton and the Metaphysical Poets (such as George Herbert).
28. Mary Shelley: Short Stories & Quotes
In ''Frankenstein,'' Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote, ''The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover. . .'' She has spent her life exploring such a world in her writing. Let's discover the world through her short stories and quotes.
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