Ch 16: Teaching Literature

About This Chapter

The Teaching Literature chapter of this College English Composition: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master literature instruction. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of teaching literature.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering literature instruction material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn to teach literature. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding modern fiction or historical literature
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about teaching literature
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the teaching literature chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the teaching literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literature instruction question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a teaching literature unit of a standard college English course. Topics covered include:

  • Pastoral odes
  • The Upanishads
  • Pre-modernity global literature
  • Literary works from the 17th-19th centuries
  • Modern world literature
  • Young adult fiction
  • Censorship in literature

39 Lessons in Chapter 16: Teaching Literature
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The Upanishads: History, Religion & Oral Tradition

1. The Upanishads: History, Religion & Oral Tradition

The Upanishads are a collection of documents that form the basis of Hinduism. In this lesson, you'll learn how these written texts came to exist and some of the major teachings they contain.

Pastoral Ode: Definition & Characteristics

2. Pastoral Ode: Definition & Characteristics

Pastoral odes have been around for over 2000 years. In this lesson you'll learn the characteristics of these poems and how our thinking about pastoral poetry has changed in recent years.

World Literature Written Pre-Modernity: Influences, Traits & Famous Works

3. World Literature Written Pre-Modernity: Influences, Traits & Famous Works

Literature has flourished worldwide, even in the time before the historical modern era. In this lesson, you'll learn why some literature has lasted for thousands of years, and you'll look at three particular classics.

World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works

4. World Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries: Traits, Influences & Famous Works

From the 17th Century to the 19th Century, world literature saw some profound changes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the major trends in the literature of that era, and you'll see four examples of landmark works.

Modern World Literature: Characteristics & Influences

5. Modern World Literature: Characteristics & Influences

Modern world literature exists beyond the boundaries of writers' home countries. In this lesson, you'll learn how world literature is now different from the writing of the past, and you'll learn why those changes have been made.

World Literature: Major Authors & Works

6. World Literature: Major Authors & Works

World literature is writing that goes beyond borders to touch readers worldwide. This lesson will define world literature and give five examples of books that have had a lasting influence.

Censorship in Young Adult Literature

7. Censorship in Young Adult Literature

The most censored books in America are those written for young adults. In this lesson, you will learn why these books present so many challenges, and you will discover the changing trends in book censorship.

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

8. Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

Young adult literature has grown and expanded in the last 50 years. In this lesson, you'll learn about the topics, themes, and places that appear in young adult fiction, and you'll have a chance to test your understanding with a short quiz.

What is a Story Arc? - Definition & Examples

9. What is a Story Arc? - Definition & Examples

Learning how to map a story is an important part of studying literature. An excellent tool to teach this skill is the story arc. This lesson explores what story arcs are, how they work, and examples.

Journey to the West: Book Summary & Characters

10. Journey to the West: Book Summary & Characters

'Journey to the West' is an epic tale of the journey of the monk Xuanzang and is one of the most influential works in Chinese literature. It is a large, complicated text that incorporates various elements of Chinese folklore and storytelling.

Monkey King in Journey to the West

11. Monkey King in Journey to the West

Though he is technically a supporting character, Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, is the most popular and memorable character in the Chinese classic 'Journey to the West'. He is also a classic example of the trickster figure in literature.

The False Gems Discussion Questions

12. The False Gems Discussion Questions

Are your students reading Guy de Maupassant's 'The False Gems?' This is a moving literary piece that can get a good discussion going. Here you will find questions that will help your students work through the text together.

The Cop and the Anthem Discussion Questions

13. The Cop and the Anthem Discussion Questions

If you are trying to teach your students about O. Henry or the nature of the twist ending he was so famous for, 'The Cop and the Anthem' is a good story for you. This lesson offers discussion questions to help students get as much as possible out of their read.

After Twenty Years Discussion Questions

14. After Twenty Years Discussion Questions

Reading O. Henry's stories is a wonderful way to introduce students to the concept of the twist ending and to get them thinking critically. This lesson offers discussion questions that will help your students engage with the story 'After Twenty Years.'

After Twenty Years Lesson Plan

15. After Twenty Years Lesson Plan

Check student understanding of and analyze characters in the story 'After Twenty Years' with this lesson plan. A video lesson helps summarize plot and characters as students discuss content and finish with a culminating activity.

Hearts and Hands Discussion Questions

16. Hearts and Hands Discussion Questions

Are you studying short stories with your class? O. Henry's corpus offers many wonderful texts to choose from. This lesson provides a series of discussion questions that will help your students appreciate the story ~'Hearts and Hands~'.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Discussion Questions

17. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Discussion Questions

If your students are reading Ambrose Bierce's novel 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,' it can help to have some specific questions to guide your class discussions. This lesson provides a series of open-ended questions to get your students started.

The Pimienta Pancakes Discussion Questions

18. The Pimienta Pancakes Discussion Questions

If you are teaching your students about short stories, the works of O. Henry can provide some marvelous examples. This lesson offers questions that will help you facilitate strong discussions about ''The Pimienta Pancakes''.

The Duel by O. Henry Activities

19. The Duel by O. Henry Activities

Want your students to really connect with ''The Duel'' and O. Henry as a writer? Use the activities presented in this lesson to give your students a greater appreciation for O. Henry's work and his special form of writing.

Authors Similar to Chuck Palahniuk

20. Authors Similar to Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk is a successful and popular writer whose books often deal with intense personal experiences. This lesson offers some names of other authors who are similar to Palahniuk in themes and style.

Authors Like James Ellroy

21. Authors Like James Ellroy

One of the best ways to keep your students reading is to find authors who are similar to ones they already love. This lesson offers some recommendations for authors students will like if they enjoy James Ellroy.

Authors Like Cormac McCarthy

22. Authors Like Cormac McCarthy

If readers love the works of Cormac McCarthy, there are many other authors they will probably find appealing. This lesson provides you with the names and descriptions of writers who McCarthy fans will also love.

Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Activities

23. Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Activities

'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson is a short story with many interesting themes. Because of this, there are a myriad of activities you can use in your classroom when you teach this story in your class. Read on for activity ideas for 'The Lottery.'

Mammon and the Archer Discussion Questions

24. Mammon and the Archer Discussion Questions

If your students are in the midst of a short story unit, O. Henry's ~'Mammon and the Archer~' is an important text to dwell on. This lesson offers discussion questions that will help them work together to understand the story.

The Gift of the Magi Essay Topics

25. The Gift of the Magi Essay Topics

This lesson provides essay questions to use with ''The Gift of the Magi'' by O. Henry. These questions can be used for written assignments and/or can be used to spark discussions in class.

Ghost of the Lagoon Activities

26. Ghost of the Lagoon Activities

'Ghost of the Lagoon' provides students a chance to understand bravery, revenge, and success. Use the activities in this lesson to help students relate to the characters and plot of the story.

Araby Essay Prompts

27. Araby Essay Prompts

If your students are learning about short fiction or modernism, ~'Araby~' is a wonderful story for them to try. This lesson offers some prompts that will help students write meaningful essays about the text.

The Lady or the Tiger Discussion Questions

28. The Lady or the Tiger Discussion Questions

~'The Lady or the Tiger~', by Francis Richard Stockton, is a classic short story that students are likely to encounter in a variety of contexts. This lesson offers questions you can use to promote strong discussions of the tale.

The Lady or the Tiger Activities

29. The Lady or the Tiger Activities

~'The Lady or the Tiger?~' is a complex and dark story that many students will find very compelling. This lesson offers a series of activities you can use in your classroom to involve students in the text.

The Discourager of Hesitancy Discussion Questions

30. The Discourager of Hesitancy Discussion Questions

If your students enjoyed Frances Stockton's ~'The Lady or the Tiger~', they will also like ~'The Discourager of Hesitancy~'. This lesson provides some questions that will prompt good discussions of the story.

Princess & The Pea Activities

31. Princess & The Pea Activities

Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Princess and the Pea' is a tale that generations of children have enjoyed reading. Use these multi-sensory activities to help students connect with the plot, characters, and theme of this timeless story.

Cinderella Activities

32. Cinderella Activities

The story of 'Cinderella' isn't just a tale about a princess finding her prince. Use these hands-on activities to help students analyze the story of 'Cinderella' on many different levels.

Rapunzel Activities

33. Rapunzel Activities

~'Rapunzel~' is a wonderful fairy tale that many children will love and learn from. This lesson offers activities that will help students get as much as possible out of their engagement with this classic story.

Night of the Moonjellies Activities

34. Night of the Moonjellies Activities

Creating activities that help stories come alive will encourage students to gain a greater love of reading. Use the activities in this lesson to involve your students in hands-on activities and fun interaction as they read 'Night of the Moonjellies.'

Books Like Throne of Glass

35. Books Like Throne of Glass

'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J. Maas is the fantasy series that follows a teenage assassin living under a tyrannical king. If your students loved this series, you might recommend the following books to them.

Books Similar to Paper Towns by John Greene

36. Books Similar to Paper Towns by John Greene

It's amazing when students find books with which they can connect. If your students were captivated by John Greene's 'Paper Towns,' consider suggesting some of these novels.

A Dark Brown Dog Discussion Questions

37. A Dark Brown Dog Discussion Questions

Stephen Crane's story, ~'A Dark Brown Dog~', is an example of allegory that also raises important questions about oppression and freedom. This lesson offers discussion questions that will help your students understand the text.

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Discussion Questions

38. The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Discussion Questions

After reading 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz', use the discussion questions in this lesson to strengthen students' understanding of the plot, events in the book, and the various characters in the story.

A Moveable Feast Discussion Questions

39. A Moveable Feast Discussion Questions

If your students are reading Hemingway's memoir, 'A Moveable Feast,' it can be helpful to have some strong questions to guide their discussions. This lesson offers a series of questions that will get you and your students started.

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