Ch 4: Gothic and Romantic Literature Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Gothic and Romantic Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students about Gothic and Romantic poetry and 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 Gothic and Romantic Literature 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 Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels;
Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis
The life and works of Jane Austen;
A look at the story's antagonists and protagonists
Tuesday Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors;
Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis
The early years and influences of the Bronte sisters;
An introduction to and analysis of Wuthering Heights
Wednesday Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis;
Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
A synopsis of Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre';
A look at Romantic poets and Romantic poetry themes
Thursday Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography The early years and career of the Romantic poet
Friday Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis An exploration of the Romantic poem

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Gothic and Romantic Literature Lesson Plans
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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.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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