Ch 4: The English Renaissance Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The English Renaissance chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach English literature of the Renaissance in your classroom. 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 English Renaissance 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Introduction to English literature Dramatists, poets, thinkers and their works
Tuesday Introduction to Shakespeare;
Hamlet
Look at Shakespeare's life and works and his influence on literature;
Hamlet in popular culture; characters, plot
WednesdayRomeo and Juliet;
Macbeth
Characters and plot of Romeo and Juliet; famous quotes;
Themes and quotes from Macbeth
Thursday John MiltonOverview of Milton's life, political views, poetry and style
Friday17th and 18th century literatureImportant writers, including Samuel Johnson, Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Daniel Defoe, and their works

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: The English Renaissance Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

1. 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

2. 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.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 John Milton: Life and Major Poems

6. 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

7. 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!

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