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.

G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables

G. K. Chesterton on Aesop and his Fables G. K. Chesterton discusses some elements of fable and the fame of Aesop, in his introduction to a 1912 edition of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop embodies an epigram not uncommon in human history; his … Continue reading

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Of Education by John Milton

Of Education by John Milton Of Education was published anonymously as a tract in 1644. It represents John Milton’s views “concerning the best and noblest way of education.” Milton believed that education was to “fit a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all … Continue reading

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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. In his 1946 article, “Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels,” George Orwell wrote, “If I had to … 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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