Vignettes for Understanding Literary and Related Concepts by Rosemary Jenkins:
This book analyzes plot line, point of view, setting, characters, theme vs plot, story development, and more. It offers a chapter on figures of speech and other terms necessary to an improved understanding of literature, such as anthropomorphism, foreshadowing, soliloquy, suspension of disbelief, and so forth.
There is a section on poetry with discussion on the metric line and scanning as well as the love conventions and human character. This portion also includes a critical overview of the history of literature over the last 2000 years and touches on such people as Copernicus, Galileo, Milton, Shakespeare, and even Darwin.
It is my belief that introducing history which is contemporaneous to the stories and/or the authors' lives adds to the insights and understanding of the material. This also makes the study more exciting for the students, especially when current events can be related to the works they are reading.
Finally there is an extensive Study Guide covering the various genres--short stories, plays, novels, and so forth. It concentrates on interpretation and analysis of the selected outstanding literary works and encourages active student-teacher discussion.