Category Archives: Resources for Teaching

Resources for Teaching includes a variety of articles and essays, plus links to useful resources for teachers of literature and writing. If you’re looking for something you don’t see, try typing a few keywords into the search box.

Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau

Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau What is an Outline? Macro Outlines Micro Outlines Crafting an Outline Moving from the Outline to the Paper What is an Outline? An outline is a way of formally arranging and developing your ideas. Though … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift Resources

Jonathan Swift Resources Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote some of the most brilliant satire in the English language, including his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels. To learn more, explore these Jonathan Swift resources available on our site: “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift … Continue reading

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Sample Compare-Contrast Essay Outline

Sample compare-contrast essay outline Here is a sample outline for an essay comparing and contrasting Achilles’ and Odysseus’ attitudes toward war. This example is excerpted from the Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers, which contains much more information on this topic … Continue reading

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How to Write a Compare-Contrast Essay

What is a compare-contrast essay? Many essay prompts require a comparison or contrast between two elements (e.g., two characters in a story, two different political theories, two different religious doctrines or scientific explanations, two different historical events, and so forth). Comparison … Continue reading

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Hudson River School Artwork

The Hudson River School A group of artists known as the Hudson River School painted romantic landscape scenes, some of which depicted the American setting for Washington Irving’s works. These artists included Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt, and … Continue reading

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How to Make a Mind Map

Mind mapping is one of the best tools you will find for generating ideas. All you need in order to begin is a pen and paper. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde Resources

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an immensely gifted writer who produced a large variety of work ranging from humorous to tragic. He had the capacity to be ridiculous (The Importance of Being Earnest) as well as deadly serious (De Profundis). Brief … Continue reading

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Stacy Esch Resources

Many thanks to Stacy Esch for providing these resources for Dante’s Divine Comedy, as well as a Tolkien essay (below) and sharing them with Excellence in Literature. Stacy Esch teaches composition and literature at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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On Fairy Stories: An Essay by Tolkien

Reading Fairy Stories with J. R. Tolkien In “On Fairy Stories,” J. R. R. Tolkien explores the realm of Faerie, and considers “What are fairy-stories? What is their origin? What is the use of them?” As you might expect, the essay is … Continue reading

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History Suggestions for Excellence in Literature

What history programs can be used with Excellence in Literature? Many books and programs work well with EIL, but I’ll list a few resources I have used or carefully examined, with comments on each. This is by no means a complete … Continue reading

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