“The English Romantics and Opium” is the second posted product in a series I am calling Little Lectures on Land or Online (LLOLO). As the title intimates, these products are designed to be used in a ground-school classroom or in the cyber-classroom. Each product consists of a one-to-three page original Article followed by three or four sections: Questions, Research, Projects, and/or Discussion. Each article in the series relates to a topic in the humanities. Because the “humanities” encompass pretty much any and every influence attended to by humans, you will have to decide what is useful to you. To that end, I have provided as many specifics as possible.
In addition to the Article, each LLOLO includes a section of Questions relative to the Article that can be used simply as a comprehension tool or can be applied in the Projects or Discussion sections. The Research section is a general mix of prompts that can be used as additional Projects or in Discussion. The individual questions relevant to a Project are explained in each project’s directions. The Discussion offers a couple of other ways to use the Article and Questions on ground and online, incorporating higher-order thinking activities, multiple intelligences, and/or cooperative learning. There is no answer key or rubric provided because the Questions are primarily open-ended and intended to spark brainstorming and collaboration, and the Projects have been designed with instructor flexibility in mind. However, if you should desire a rubric, leave me a comment requesting one.
In this product, the Article, “The English Romantics and Opium: Making Reality Better through Imagination,” gives a brief introduction to opium use as it relates to the works of English authors such as Coleridge and Barrett-Browning and intimates others of that ilk. The Article also references how government and big business have played a role in the perpetuation of drug dependence. In this product, there are seven Questions, six Research prompts, two Projects, and three possibilities for Discussion. See the preview of this product for examples.