Ch 10: Introduction to Literary Criticism Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Literary Criticism chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students about the assessment of all forms of art including literature, visual art, music, and more 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 Introduction to Literary Criticism 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 Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements Forms of literary theory, including formalism and post-modernism
Tuesday Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose A look at prose structure, metaphors and imagery
Wednesday Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry Technical terms that help us with poetry analysis
Thursday Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course An analysis of the writing that took place throughout various periods in history
Friday Art Criticism: Definition, Function and Examples The assessment and critiquing of music, literature and film

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Introduction to Literary Criticism Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

1. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

Literary criticism is less about negative commentary and more of an art form in which one participates in an art that responds to other forms of art. Explore some of the major types of literary theory and movements, including formalism, New Criticism, Deconstructionism, Postmodernism, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Marxism, and Post-Colonialism.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

2. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

In literature, prose is broadly defined as anything in written language that isn't poetry. Explore a glossary of terms about prose structure, conflict, narrative, resolution, themes, subtext, and tone.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

3. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Poetry, to the uninitiated reader, can seem like a literary art form with no rules, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Learn poetry terminology that will make poem appreciation easier and richer, including: how poems are divided up (verses, stanzas), how writers form a poem's rhythm (feet, stress, emphasis, meter), how the meanings of words affect a poem's meaning (denotation, connotation), types of wordplay used (alliteration, irony), and types of poems (doggerel, sonnet).

Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

4. Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

Western literature has many historical periods and stylistic movements from the Medieval period (circa 600-1500) through today. Discover the history, styles, and significant authors of Western literature during the Medieval Period, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.

Art Criticism: Definition, Function & Examples

5. Art Criticism: Definition, Function & Examples

Art criticism involves analyzing and evaluating every type of art that you can imagine. Find out how to apply it to the art that you want to study, whether it's photography, music, film, sculpture, dance, literature, etc.

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