Ch 4: Literary Forms & Genres for 10th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach 10th grade prose, fiction and poetry 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 Literary Forms and Genres for 10th Grade 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 What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles;
What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing and Character
Exploration of various kinds of drama over different time periods;
Interpreting prose and distinguishing among prose and other forms of writing
Tuesday Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas and Short Stories Differentiating between these types of literature
Wednesday Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms Exploring writings that are based on diaries or letters
Thursday Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples High school haikus, sonnets and blank verse
Friday Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples Non-fiction literature such as biographies and memoirs

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Literary Forms & Genres for 10th Grade Lesson Plans
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What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

2. What is Prose? - Finding Meaning in Foreshadowing & Character

This literature lesson will teach you the difference between prose and other writing. You'll also learn how to analyze characters and foreshadowing to better understand the author's intentions, theme, and underlying meanings.

Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

3. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories

Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.

Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

4. Epistolary Writing: Letter and Diary Forms

In this lesson, you will discover that prose writing can take on different formats, from letters and diary entries to newspaper clippings and interviews. Explore how writers of both non-fiction and fiction tell stories through these different forms.

Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

5. Poetry as Literary Form: Overview and Examples

This lesson will introduce the formal qualities of poetry and the ways that it differs from prose. Among other things, we'll consider meter, rhyme schemes, stanzas, and popular poetic forms.

Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

6. Non-Fiction as Literary Form: Definition and Examples

Although non-fiction might seem fairly straightforward, there are quite a few different genres within non-fiction that are easy to confuse. With this in mind, we'll consider the similarities and differences between biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, essays, and journalism.

Lewis Carroll: Biography, Poems & Books

7. Lewis Carroll: Biography, Poems & Books

Having written the famous 'Alice in Wonderland' more than 100 years ago, Lewis Carroll remains to this day one of the most popular children's writers. This lesson will discuss his life and works, especially some of his more popular poems and novels.

Jabberwocky Poem: Definition & Analysis

8. Jabberwocky Poem: Definition & Analysis

Lewis Carroll's poem ''Jabberwocky,'' which first appeared in his novel ''Through the Looking-Glass,'' is perhaps the most famous example of nonsense poetry, due to its use of made-up words.

Literary Nonsense Genre: Definition & Examples

9. Literary Nonsense Genre: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll discuss a unique genre of literature known as literary nonsense. We'll review the definition of a genre before studying some historical and modern examples of literary nonsense.

Columbine by Dave Cullen Discussion Questions

10. Columbine by Dave Cullen Discussion Questions

If studying the Columbine school shooting, ''Columbine'' by Dave Cullen is considered the most detailed, well-researched study of the event. Use these discussion questions to help your students dig deeper into the text.

Into Thin Air Discussion Questions

11. Into Thin Air Discussion Questions

'Into Thin Air' is a non-fiction account of Jon Krakauer's experience climbing Mount Everest in the midst of a deadly storm. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this book.

A Walk in the Woods Discussion Questions

12. A Walk in the Woods Discussion Questions

'A Walk in the Woods' by Bill Bryson is a nonfiction account of the author's comedic travels on the Appalachian Trail. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

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