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Below is a sample breakdown of the Romantic Prose in English Literature 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||Romantic Prose: Characteristics and Examples||Key features of Romantic prose, survey of Romantic writers and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an example of frame narrative|
|Tuesday||Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Biographies||Early lives, influences and careers of the Bronte sisters|
|Wednesday||Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Novels||Plots and themes of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights|
|Thursday||Sir Walter Scott: Biography and Novels||Childhood, early poetry and historical fiction of Sir Walter Scott|
|Friday||Jane Austen: Life and Novels||Biography of Jane Austen, influence of real life on her work and overview of Pride and Prejudice, including character and plot analysis|
1. Introduction to Romantic Prose: Overview of Authors and Works
Romantic prose exists in novels, short stories and essays written during the Romantic period, specifically in England. The Romantic period lasted from about 1800 to 1840.
2. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film
FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!
3. Emily and Charlotte Bronte: Sisters and Authors
Long before JK Rowling dreamed up Fred and George Weasley, Charlotte and Elizabeth Bronte accomplished impressive things as siblings. Their family history is a sad one, though, and their feelings of loss are evident in their most famous novels, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
4. Jane Eyre: Summary, Characters and Analysis
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, was first published in 1847 under Bronte's pseudonym, Currier Bell. It's about a girl named - not surprisingly - Jane Eyre, and it's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story that follows Jane from childhood through motherhood. Many elements of Jane's life are similar to events in Charlotte Bronte's life. Because the work features a strong-willed and intelligent woman, it's often considered to be an early feminist text.
5. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis
'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.
6. Introduction to Sir Walter Scott: Works of Historical Fiction
In his life, Sir Walter Scott was both a lawyer and a poet, though it's when he started to write historical novels - anonymously - that his work really took off. Watch this video to learn all about the man credited with creating a whole genre of fiction.
7. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels
When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.
8. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis
In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.
9. 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.
10. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.
11. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis
What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
12. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, you'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan. It's a poem that's as famous for how it was written, a story involving drugs and a mysterious interruption, as the work itself.
13. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.
14. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis
When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'
15. Biography of Percy Shelley
If Percy Shelley were around today, you might find him at a Wall Street protest, buying quinoa at Whole Foods or falling in love with your sister. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this major Romantic poet, who followed his heart and ideals, no matter the outcome.
16. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes
Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'
17. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary
If you were a leaf clinging to a tree in autumn, a gentle breeze might be pretty intimidating. In this lesson, we'll study Percy Shelley's take on this in his poem 'Ode to the West Wind' as well as how he hoped the wind would help spark a revolution.
18. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes
Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.
19. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats
Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'
20. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, learn about Romantic poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' which is considered one of the greatest odes ever written. In the poem, Keats has a surprisingly emotional reaction to staring at an old piece of pottery. We'll examine the story of the poem, its meaning and its form.
21. Ode on Melancholy by Keats
If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.
22. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography
Poets and their feelings - that pair has a bad reputation these days, but it used to be that poets didn't share their emotions. Then came William Wordsworth. In this lesson, you'll learn about Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England.
23. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth
Is there a place you once visited and now, whenever you think of it, a flood of emotions returns? If so, then you can relate to William Wordsworth's ''Tintern Abbey.'' In this lesson, we'll examine the famous Romantic poem that's not really about an abbey at all.
24. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography
Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.
25. Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake
How did a book of poetry written over 200 years ago by Romantic poet William Blake foreshadow an animated superhero movie? In this lesson, you'll learn about Blake's most significant and revered collection of poems, 'Songs of Innocence and Experience.'
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