Ch 6: Victorian Literature Lesson Plans

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The Victorian Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about Charles Dickens, George Eliot and their contemporaries 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 Victorian 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayVictorian England and Charles DickensHistorical overview of Victorian England, early life of Charles Dickens and overview of A Tale of Two Cities, including characters and plot
TuesdayMajor Novels of Charles DickensSocial themes found in David Copperfield, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist
WednesdayGeorge Eliot: Life and WorksEarly life and career of George Eliot; literary themes and depiction of rural life in Middlemarch
ThursdayRobert Browning and Gerard Manley Hopkins: Lives and Poems Biography and poetry of Robert Browning with an emphasis on 'My Last Duchess'; effect of Catholicism on Gerard Manley Hopkins and his unique use of poetic meter
FridayAlfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major PoetryEarly life of Alfred Lord Tennyson, summary of 'In Memoriam, A.H.H' and overview of 'Ulysses', a Victorian interpretation of ancient Greece

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: Victorian Literature Lesson Plans
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Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors

Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

2. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence

Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

3. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

4. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

5. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman

The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.

Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

6. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel

It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!

Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

7. Introduction to George Eliot: Life and Major Works

Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot, is one of the premiere writers of Victorian England. Watch this video lesson to see how she combined her interests in realism and rural life into an epic output of novels.

Middlemarch:  Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

8. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life

In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.

Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

9. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems

Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!

My Last Duchess:  Browning's Poetic Monologue

10. My Last Duchess: Browning's Poetic Monologue

In this lesson, we'll read through Robert Browning's terrific poem 'My Last Duchess.' Browning slowly reveals the character of the speaker as he discusses his now-deceased wife in front of a painting of her hanging on the wall.

Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

11. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works

He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!

Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.:  Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

12. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!

Tennyson's Ulysses:  A Victorian Take on Greece

13. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece

'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?

Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

14. Introduction to Gerard Manley Hopkins: Devout Catholicism and Sprung Rhythm

In this video, we'll introduce the 19th-century British poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is famous for inventing a new type of meter for poetry: sprung rhythm. We'll examine his poems and analyze how sprung rhythm works. Additionally, we'll examine the influence of Catholicism on Hopkins' poetry.

A Christmas Carol: Summary & Analysis

15. A Christmas Carol: Summary & Analysis

Charles Dickens' work, ''A Christmas Carol'', is probably his most well-known and beloved piece. Each year during the Christmas season, this famous story is revived once again. In this lesson, we will discover why so many people enjoy its message.

Characters in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

16. Characters in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens created lasting characters in his short novel 'A Christmas Carol.' Although some of his characters are ordinary, others are fantastical, such as the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. In this lesson, we will get to know these characters a bit better.

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