Ch 10: English Literary Periods Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The English Literary Periods chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the timeline and important writers and works of English literature in your classroom. 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 English Literary Periods 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Medieval literature;
Renaissance literature
Old and Middle English, historical context, Caedmon's Hymn, Beowulf;
Definition of renaissance, impact of the printing press, William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Francis Bacon and empiricism
Tuesday 17th-and 18th-century literatureRestoration comedy, John Milton and Paradise Lost, neoclassicism, development of the novel
Wednesday Romantic prose;
Romantic poetry
Characteristics of romantic prose, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters;
Themes of romantic poetry, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, William Yeats
Thursday Victorian literatureEvents of the Victorian era that influenced literature, characteristics of Victorian writing, important authors, including George Eliot and Charles Dickens
Friday Literary ModernismDefinition and origins of Modernism, famous Modernists, including James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, characteristics of Modernism, including stream of consciousness and allusion

8 Lessons in Chapter 10: English Literary Periods Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

2. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

3. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

4. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works

Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

5. 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.

Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

6. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

7. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.

Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal: Summary & Analysis

8. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn what Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' is about, what it means within the context of the British exploitation of Ireland and the prevailing political perceptions of the time.

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