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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|
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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