Wuthering Heights Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

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

Activities are a great way to engage your students and help them develop a deeper understanding of literature plot points and themes. This lesson includes a mix of individual and group activities that will help you teach Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

Geography, Social Class and Revenge

The revenge plot in Wuthering Heights is closely tied to the setting as well as the social and class issues presented throughout the novel. Engaging your students in activities related to these elements will give them a better understanding of the book's plot and themes. Here are three classroom ready activities that will help your students learn more about United Kingdom geography, social classes and Heathcliff's revenge.

Geography of Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is set in Northern England. This activity will familiarize students with the geography of Northern England and the United Kingdom.

Materials

  • Blank map of the United Kingdom and surrounding bodies of water
  • Crayons and markers

Instructions

First, define the literary term setting for your students so that they understand the setting is the geographical location or area where a storyline occurs. Ask them if they know the geographical setting of Wuthering Heights. Tell students the setting took place in Northern England.

Distribute the blank map of the United Kingdom and ask students to identify the following countries: Northern England, Southern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Then ask them to find the North and Irish Seas and Atlantic Ocean. Allow students to color their map as desired and share with the class.

Social Classes in Wuthering Heights

Social class represents one of the cornerstones for revenge in Wuthering Heights. In this activity, students get an opportunity to explore and gain a better understanding of the social classes in the novel.

Materials

  • Computer
  • Presentation software
  • Projector

Instructions

Ask students if they know which social class the two families are from in Wuthering Heights. Explain that the families identify with the middle class status; however, to Heathcliff, they acted like they were in the elite class. Make sure that students understand that, in that era, social class defined where you lived, with whom you interacted and your overall lifestyle.

Separate students into three groups and assign each group one of the three main social classes: working, middle and elite. Ask students to research the following questions based on their assigned social class and create a presentation complete with pictures:

  • Why was social class important in the United Kingdom?
  • Describe your assigned social class.
  • What is the percentage of your social class to the overall population in the United Kingdom?
  • Provide examples of occupations based on your social class.
  • Do you think categorizing citizens based on social class is fair? Why or why not?

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