Jane Austen: A Quick & Unique Guide to Successful Reading

You Don't Need a Degree to Read the Classics! You Will Go From Novice to Reader-Ready Without Turning a Single Page.
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Instructed by Josh Withrow Academics / Humanities
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  • Lectures 28
  • Contents Video: 41 mins
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

"Having enjoyed Josh's witty insights and engaging manner in his previous courses I was expecting nothing less than another high quality course...Looking for a highly entertaining take on Jane Austen's novels? This is it!" --MICHAEL

Enjoy a richer experience while reading some of the best fiction ever written.

Benefit from reading great literature about some of life's most important issues.

I hear people say that they haven't read the Classics for numerous reasons:

  • "I'm too busy"
  • "The story seems confusing"
  • "The book is REALLY long"

Other people have read the books and say:

  • "I didn't really get it."
  • "I liked the story, but I'm not sure about the themes."
  • "I didn't understand what was happening because the language was difficult.

-----REGARDLESS of YOUR REASON: THIS CLASS WILL HELP YOU-----

Allow my years of classroom teaching and experience to guide you!

In the classroom, a teacher builds "scaffolding" to help his/her students understand the material. In construction, scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support people and material while the real structure is being built.

THIS CLASS IS YOUR SCAFFOLDING!

My course won't replace the literary richness that you will find in a Jane Austen novel, but it will help you build your understanding of her great novel in under 60 minutes.

Here's How You Will Will Get More From These Great Books:

  • Animated Summaries that Make the Stories Come to Life
  • Storytelling Videos to Help you Understand the Themes
  • Short Bio of the Author to Better Understand the Cultural Impact
  • Lessons on Major Characters, Themes, and Quotes that Are Easy to Understand

You don't need a degree to enjoy the Classics -- but sometimes a little guidance goes a long way.

ENROLL NOW...IT'S FREE!


What are the requirements?

  • Courage to take the first steps towards reading some of the best novels ever written

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basic storyline in three of Jane Austen's most popular novels
  • Be well-prepared to read these three novels with confidence
  • Understand the major characters and themes in these three novels
  • Have more meaningful conversations about these novels

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants guidance before reading Jane Austen's novels
  • Anyone who wants a different perspective after reading Jane Austen's novels
  • Anyone who doesn't have time to read the novels...yet

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Setting the Stage
02:49

Really, anyone who loves literature should take this class. This is a great introductory course for people who have heard about Jane Austen, but haven't necessarily taken the plunge in reading her novels. After this class, you will undoubtedly have more confidence to read Austen's books.

10 Reasons You Should Be Reading the Classics
Article
01:01

My name is Josh Withrow, and I have taught literature for the pst 13 years. I even got a Master's degree in English Literature!

01:57

Here are a few dates to remember for the life and work of Jane Austen.

Section 2: Pride & Prejudice
01:26

Here is a thematic introduction to Pride and Prejudice. I've chosen to focus on the theme of Pride and the negative affects that it can have on people.

00:59

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Pride and Prejudice. There are a lot of characters, but it will all make sense in time. I promise!

01:09

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Pride and Prejudice.

02:20

A brief explanation to the major characters in Pride and Prejudice

02:38

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

04:25

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Pride and Prejudice.

Pride & Prejudice
3 questions
15 pages

Lecture notes for Pride and Prejudice

Section 3: Sense & Sensibility
01:28

Here is a thematic introduction to Sense and Sensibility. I've chosen to focus on the journey that one must take to understand reality--regardless of whether he/she has sense or sensibility.

00:56

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Sense and Sensibility. I really love how Austen illuminates the differences between Elinor and Marianne. Great story!

00:48

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Sense and Sensibility.

01:58

A brief explanation to the major characters in Sense and Sensibility. This lecture should help you understand who is who in the story.

01:21

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

03:40

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Sense and Sensibility.

Sense & Sensibility
3 questions
13 pages

Lecture notes for Sense and Sensibility

Section 4: Emma
Bonus Lecture: Turn Your Knowledge into Skill
Article
01:23

Here is a thematic introduction to Emma. I've chosen to focus on the theme of communication; or in this case, miscommunication.

00:59

Here is a quick summary of the storyline that you can expect in Emma. This is one of my favourite Jane Austen stories because of the great character development!

00:51

Here are a just a few points to consider before jumping into the details of Emma.

01:32

A brief explanation to the major characters in Sense and Sensibility. This lecture should help you understand who is who in the story.

02:09

These are the major themes discussed in the book. Themes can be difficult to understand at times, so look for how these themes develop from the very beginning of the novel.

02:03

Quotes and dialogue from a story really help illuminate themes and motifs in a story. Here are three quotes that I think are important to Emma.

Emma
3 questions
13 pages

Lecture notes for Emma

Section 5: Final Thoughts
01:10

3 wrap-up points to remember about Jane Austen novels.

01:45

Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or encouragement. Even though you are finished with the course, I am happy to assist you in anyway that I can.

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Instructor Biography

Josh Withrow, Veteran Classroom Teacher & Creator of Speaking of Success

I want to help you have the confidence to be more creative and passionate in whatever you enjoy doing, and I want to give you the tools to engage other people with fresh, creative ideas. My 14 years of classroom teaching and my master's degree in English Literature give me the experience to make my classes both creative and informative. People don't need a degree to enjoy learning -- but sometimes a little guidance goes a long way.

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