Ch 4: The English Renaissance: Help and Review

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The English Renaissance chapter of this Introduction to Humanities Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the English Renaissance. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the English Renaissance.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory humanities material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn humanities. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding William Shakespeare and other writers of the Renaissance
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning humanities (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the English Renaissance
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra humanities 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 English Renaissance 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 English Renaissance chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any English Renaissance 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 an English Renaissance unit of a standard introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:

  • Shakespeare's influence on English literature
  • Shakespeare's life
  • Themes from Hamlet
  • Characters in Romeo and Juliet
  • John Milton's life and poems
  • Writers of the 17th and 18th centuries

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: The English Renaissance: Help and Review
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Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

1. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts

In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

2. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

3. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

4. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

5. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

6. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

7. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.

Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

8. Introduction to 17th- and 18th-Century Literature: Major Authors and Works

A lot can happen in 200 years, as you'll see on our lesson that introduces you to British literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. Go from Shakespeare to the invention of the novel to the introduction of a prominent dictionary in our video below!

Christopher Marlowe's Hero and Leander: Summary & Analysis

9. Christopher Marlowe's Hero and Leander: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn who Hero and Leander are and what their roles are in Marlowe's epic poem of the same name. Take a look at the summary and analysis and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Pamphilia to Amphilanthus by Mary Wroth: Summary & Analysis

10. Pamphilia to Amphilanthus by Mary Wroth: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll be looking at 'Pamphilia to Amphilantus,' a sonnet sequence that was written during the sonnet craze in Renaissance England, including its summary and analysis.

Riders to the Sea: Summary, Symbolism, Theme & Analysis

11. Riders to the Sea: Summary, Symbolism, Theme & Analysis

John Millington Synge's 1904 play 'Riders to the Sea' is recognized as a representative classic of the Irish Literary Renaissance. It is noted for the simplicity of its tragic plot and the distinctive language of its characters.

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