The Importance of Being Earnest Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Review and summarize 'The Importance of Being Earnest' with your students before diving into uncovering satire and irony with this lesson plan. Students discuss concepts and ideas, then apply to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • discuss satire and irony found in The Importance of Being Earnest
  • create an imaginary person and situation to reflect understanding of The Importance of Being Earnest


  • 1 - 2 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Irony
  • Situational irony
  • Dramatic irony
  • Satire

Curriculum Standards

  • CSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • 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.


NOTE: This lesson has been designed for a class that has read or seen the play. Changes will be required for those groups that have not yet finished reading the piece.

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