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Below is a sample breakdown of the Literary Time Periods 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 Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English and Historical Context||How literature developed through the High Middle Ages|
|Tuesday||Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English and Historical Context||'Beowulf', Caedmon's 'Hymn' and other literary works|
|Wednesday||Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works||Poets and themes of romantic poetry|
|Thursday||The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art||Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and other American authors|
|Friday||Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context and Style||The authors of this literary movement|
1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context
We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.
2. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art
This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.
3. 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.
4. Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style
This video provides an introduction to the literary movement known as Modernism. Encompassing such writers as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Modernism developed out of a sense that the art forms of the late nineteenth-century were inadequate to describe the condition of Europe after World War I.
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