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Ch 11: English Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum

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The English Literary Analysis unit of this AP English Literature Homeschool Curriculum course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about English literary analysis. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP English Literature Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about English literary analysis. There is no faster or easier way to learn about English literary analysis. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the works of Emily Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and other major English authors.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an 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 an English Literary Analysis unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

English Literary Analysis Unit Objectives:

  • Study epic poems like Beowulf, Paradise Lost, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Ulysses.
  • Discuss the frame narrative and chivalric themes of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
  • Explore two of Shakespeare's famous tragedies: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
  • Become familiar with famous literary characters, such as Frankenstein, Don Juan and Robinson Crusoe.
  • Explore Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's only published work.
  • Discuss the classic themes found in A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

16 Lessons in Chapter 11: English Literary Analysis: Homeschool Curriculum
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Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

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.

The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

2. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. We'll take a look at some of the most interesting pilgrims and establish the frame narrative for the rest of the work.

The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

3. The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

In this lesson, we'll outline some of the key features of the medieval genre of chivalric romance. Then we'll talk about two very different tales that are examples of this genre: The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

4. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

5. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

6. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.

Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

7. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

8. 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!

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

9. 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.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

10. 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.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

11. 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.'

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

12. 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

13. 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.

Tennyson's Ulysses:  A Victorian Take on Greece

14. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece

'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?

The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

15. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Character & Epiphany

16. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Character & Epiphany

This lesson outlines the plot of Joyce's novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, while focusing on the development of protagonist Stephen Dedalus according to the expectations of the Bildungsroman genre. Additionally, we'll take a look at stylistic elements such as voice and epiphany.

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