Launchpad: Introducing Jane Eyre

Introducing Jane Eyre and Victorian Society

What was life like for women during the Victorian age? You will explore several websites that describe life in the Victorian era, a term used to describe the culture and society during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. Keep in mind that like all broad claims about a society, the following are examples of life during this time, and only begin to reveal the complexity of Victorian-era livelihood.

Launchpad: Welty's 'A Worn Path'

Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” in Graphical Representation

Character, Setting, and Plot Development

Before you can transform Eudora Welty’s short story into a graphical story or comic strip, you will need to analyze the story and identify all of its parts, from characters, to setting, to plot. Start by asking yourself the following questions and making a list of all the things you can identify in the story, especially those that you can visualize and turn into images and pictures.

Launchpad: Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's treatment of social class in the early nineteenth century

One of the central themes in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the role of class in early nineteenth-century England. Austen is interested in how social class shapes individual experience as well as the interactions among people of different classes.

LaunchPad: Crane, London, & Naturalism

Crane, London, and Literary Naturalism

Read one or both of the following stories:

LaunchPad: Brooks’ "We Real Cool"

Gwendolyn Brooks’ "We Real Cool"

Read Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" out loud to yourself a few times. Then watch the video of John Ulrich discussing and reading "We Real Cool" as part of the EDSITEment-reviewed Library of Congress Favorite Poems Project. Pay particular attention to how you read the poem and how the poem is read in the Favorite Poems Project video—what words are emphasized? what kind of rhythm is established?

LaunchPad: Crane's "The Open Boat"

Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”


Read the first section of Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat,” and then look at the following images. How do they compare to Crane’s description?


LaunchPad: Browning's Last Duchess

Robert Browning: "My Last Duchess"

Use the following links as you explore Robert Browning's poem, "My Last Duchess."

Launchpad: The Sound and The Fury

Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury Overview

Overview | Chapter 1: Benjy | Chapter 2: Quentin | Chapter 3: Jason | Chapter 4: The “Dilsey Chapter”

Curriculum Unit Overview

The following are important general links to aid your progression through the novel. Use them as necessary to aid your general comprehension so that you can better investigate the themes, symbols, and perspectives presented in the book.

Launchpad: Hayden and Roethke

Poetic Form: Robert Hayden and Theodore Roethke

Read Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," paying close attention to the sounds of the words. What sounds do you notice as you read the poem aloud?

Launchpad: Marvell's Coy Mistress

Andrew Marvell: "To His Coy Mistress"

Use the following links as you explore Andrew Marvell's poem, "To His Coy Mistress."