Ch 1: Literary Theory Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Literary Theory chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach literary analysis techniques 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 Theory Lesson Plans 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 Overview of literary period and movementsTimeline of Western literature from 600 to the present, with brief examinations of important works
Tuesday Introduction to literary theoryA look at the field of literary criticism, major types of literary theory and their branches
Wednesday Analyzing a literary passageStep-by-step guide to analyzing literature, with a focus on interpretation, comprehension and conclusions
ThursdayTest-taking techniquesTips for answering multiple-choice questions on literature
Friday Glossary of prose terms
Glossary of poetry terms
Definition of prose and terms used to write about it, including narrative, denouement, hero, tropes, themes
Terms used to write about poetry, including verses, stanzas, feet, rhyme scheme

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Theory Lesson Plans
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Overview of Literary Periods and Movements: A Historical Crash Course

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

When it comes to studying literature, there's about 1500 years of it to take in - and that's just in the English language! Fortunately, you can check out our crash course of key literary movements to see how the art form has developed over time.

Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

2. Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements

When you hear the word 'theory,' your mind probably darts to the sciences - the theory of relativity, the theory of gravity, etc. Did you know that literature, too, is full of theory? Check out this lesson to get a basic primer on just what literary theory is, and how you might apply it.

How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

3. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

4. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine test taking strategies involved in answering multiple-choice questions about literature. Breaking the process down into manageable parts, we will take a look at the literary text, the question itself, and then the given choices.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

5. Glossary of Literary Terms: Prose

The study of literature is a broad, diverse field. However, there's some general knowledge you should have before you dive in. Check out these terms to get a handle on the basics of prose study.

Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

6. Glossary of Literary Terms: Poetry

Before you start your study of poetry, you'll want to have these technical, literary and genre terms at your disposal. Read on to learn the basics of analyzing poetry!

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