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Ch 13: Philosophy & Nonfiction Lesson Plans

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The Philosophy & Nonfiction chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the history of philosophical essayists and how these writers impacted society. 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 Philosophy & Nonfiction 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 TopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Literary critical theory in the Renaissance Analyze Philip Sidney's 'Defense of Poesy' and discuss the importance of this essay in relation to literary critical theory
Tuesday Pleasure and politics Compare the writings of William Goodwin and Mary Wollstonecraft; examine John Stuart Mill's 'Utilitarianism'; and, discuss how these three writers expressed their opinions on politics, feminism, and the pursuit of pleasure
Wednesday Victorian ideals and Puritan theology Review John Ruskin's criticisms of Victorian ideology and examine John Edwards puritanical sermon, 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God', which is found in his collection, The Great Awakening
Thursday Essayists during the American Revolution Compare the writings of Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin and discuss how the works of these writers were instrumental during the Revolutionary war, how their writings influenced the creation of the American identity, and how their essays affected their compatriots as well as modern-day Americans
Friday Francis Bacon Review his biography, discuss his list of works, and analyze his contributions to science

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Philosophy & Nonfiction Lesson Plans
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Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy

1. Philip Sidney and the Defense of Poesy

Sir Philip Sidney: courtier, soldier, governor, poet and critic. Learn all about this multifaceted Elizabethan celebrity and his massive effect on the worlds of poetry and literary scholarship.

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

2. John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, Quotes and Theory

Join us for this analysis of nineteenth century British philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose radical political and ethical ideas based in utilitarianism have had a profound effect in the final frontier and on our current political landscape.

Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin:  Politics and Essays

3. Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin: Politics and Essays

Meet THE power couple of the 1790s: Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Watch how Wollstonecraft inspires the feminist movement, and thrill to Godwin's early anarchic ways! Plus: how does one betray the other, even after death?

John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism

4. John Ruskin: Victorian Thought and Criticism

From his beginnings as a poet and painter to his status as one of Victorian England's foremost social critics, learn all about John Ruskin's influence on the worlds of art and economic structure.

Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

5. Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening: Sermons & Biography

Jonathan Edwards was an American minister whose sermon 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God' became one of the most famous sermons of the 18th century. In this lesson, we'll look at Edwards' sermon and analyze it for Puritan beliefs and style.

Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography

6. Benjamin Franklin: Quotes and Autobiography

Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in a storm and that he signed the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about his writing? In this lesson, we'll look at two of his most famous works and how they influenced American literature.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

7. Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

Thomas Paine was an influential writer during the American Revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore the content and style of two of his most famous pamphlets and how they helped shape American history.

Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

8. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy

This lesson examines the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon to science. We take a long hard look at the scientific method, with special emphasis on experimental science. Then we briefly examine how Bacon sold science to the world.

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