Tartuffe Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan explores the play 'Tartuffe' by Moliere and can be used as a supplement during the reading of the play or as a summary upon completion of the play. Students will read two text lessons, participate in discussion questions, and work in groups to create their own satirical skit.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Complete a character analysis of the main characters in Tartuffe
  • Define and identify literary devices used in the play
  • Create a satirical skit


90 - 120 minutes


Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Tartuffe: Summary & Analysis

  • Begin the lesson by asking students to discuss a character in a movie, television show or book who played a deceiving hypocrite.
  • After a lively discussion, explain that after completing this lesson, students will add another similar character to their list, Tartuffe.
  • Distribute the Tartuffe: Summary & Analysis lesson, choose a volunteer to read the first section, 'Plot', then start the following discussion:
    • Use three adjectives to describe Tartuffe and discuss why he is well received by Orgon.
    • How does Orgon's family members perceive Tartuffe?
    • Discuss the irony of Tartuffe's actions against Orgon and his family.
  • Now select another student to read the next section, 'Social Conventions', then pose the following:
    • Define social conventions.
    • How can social conventions create comedy?
    • Provide examples of social conventions as outlined in the lesson.
  • Afterwards, choose a volunteer to read 'Structure of Plot', then ask the class to discuss these points:
    • Define the literary term 'plot' and identify the plot in Tartuffe.
    • Explain how deus ex machina is woven into the play.
    • Who actually saved the day?
  • Select another student to read the remainder of the lesson, then ask the following:
    • Tartuffe is identified as a hypocrite. Explain.
    • Why do you believe hypocrites use religion as a shield?
    • Describe satire and discuss how it is portrayed in the play.
    • Define comedy of manners and explain why the play is classified as such.
  • Afterwards, shoulder pair students, distribute the lesson quiz and ask them to complete.

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