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Pride and Prejudice Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Your class has read 'Pride and Prejudice,' but what do they really know about it? A video lesson provides key information and an activity gives students a change to take it further. Related lessons and extensions encourage further study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze protagonists and antagonists from Pride and Prejudice
  • compose a screenplay inspired by key lines from Pride and Prejudice

Length

1 - 2 hours

Materials

  • Copies of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

Instructions

NOTE: This lesson is designed for students who have read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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