ESL The House of Mirth Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help your ESL students enjoy and understand 'The House of Mirth' by Edith Wharton so that they are able to summarize it and find the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, students will be able to:

  • Understand and retell a story.
  • Use a variety of strategies to clarify the meaning of unknown words.


120 minutes for in-class activities

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)


  • Accord
  • Allude
  • Conjecture
  • Conspicuous
  • Convention
  • Countenance
  • Disdain
  • Expedient
  • Fastidious
  • Irony
  • Mitigate
  • Perceive
  • Perception
  • Tacit
  • Tranquil


  • Copies of the story The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Posterboard
  • Stapler

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