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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||Topics||Key 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|
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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