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Ch 2: Literary Time Periods Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Literary Time Periods chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about different periods in literature. 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 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

4 Lessons in Chapter 2: Literary Time Periods Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

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.

The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

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.

Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

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.

Overview of Literary Modernism: Authors, Context, and Style

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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