A selection of 12 of our online literature and writing videos provides teachers, schools, homeschool and Special Needs students with the opportunity to study and learn from excerpts and great themes from four Classic stories; The Red Badge of Courage, To Build a Fire, Rip Van Winkle, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Learn how to recognize literary themes.
Learn about Short Story Writing and trace the development of literature through the unique literary form of the short story and identify the origins of storytelling in both the oral and written forms.
Then study four separate important writing styles and techniques. Investigate the imaginative and narrative mode of writing through excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson's popular novel Kidnapped. Study the analytical and expository mode of writing through excerpts from Daniel Defoe's classic tale Robinson Crusoe.
Discover the practical and informative mode of writing through excerpts from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's classic novel The Yearling. Learn about the sensory and descriptive mode of writing through excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale Treasure Island. In each of these four classics you will have a chance to learn about and appreciate the artistry of the renowned illustrator N.C. Wyeth.
Then use our online interactive quizzes to discover what you have learnt and strengthen your understanding of the subject.