University of Toronto

Graduate Department of English

ENG9900H: Professing Literature

Please note: These web sites are subject to constant change. If you find one has disappeared or if you have another site to recommend, please write me at:

Interesting Web Sites for On-line Pedagogy:

Daniel T Kline, The Chaucer Pedagogy Page, The University of Alaska:

Kline put this site together extremely well, and he includes tons of information and links that are of interest to instructors and students alike, including Chaucer’s cultural context, a review for those about to enter the classroom, and guidelines for documentation (e.g., how to document a website in MLA format). Most useful to university instructors are his assignment ideas and the collection of lecture notes, along with a few directed toward the high school level. He has compiled lecture notes from various courses, including a British literature survey, a 300-level Chaucer course, and a few lessons on Troilus and Criseyde. Kline also provides links for the very interesting web-based assignments he suggests, such as comparing modern English translations, tracing Chaucer’s use of a key phrase throughout his corpus, or learning more about sources and analogues. (RN)

John Lye, English and Communication Studies, Brock University:

Check the "Links of Interest for English Literature and Communication Studies" for a number of excellent resources. Although current course material for "Modern Fiction" has moved to a password protected site, there is still interesting material here, especially ideas for seminar topics and methods for seminar self-evaluation.

John Paulin, Comp. Lit., University of California, Berkeley:

Very advanced html site
Nice examples of posting of Study Questions and class discussion forum on the web
See also for example of C.V. materials on the Web.

Mark Phillipson, Comp. Lit., University of California, Berkeley:

For one of the most dramatic English course web sites I've seen! (the falling snowflakes are back!)
Extensive links for Romanticism (including a table of the frequency of birdsongs in Wordsworth!).
Interesting, too, for posting of student research essays.

Ray Saitz, "Literature Lessons," Outta Ray’s Head. n.d. 23 October 2000.

Ray Saitz, a high school English teacher and librarian who happens to be from Ontario, has compiled a collection of lesson plans, complete with the instructor’s rationale and handouts, from his own experience as well as those submissions by other teachers. He includes lesson plans for teaching literature, poetry, and writing, with an occasional Canadian tidbit (e.g., several lesson plans on Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business). Although most of these plans are from middle and high school classrooms, the advanced lessons – especially those with an interdisciplinary approach – are adaptable to the university classroom, and the idea of a lesson plan library is one which could benefit TAs in our own department immensely. RN

And of course, closer to home, don't omit a visit to UTEL (The University of Toronto English Library):

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