Ch 1: Teaching Jane Austen Books

About This Chapter

If you're planning on covering ''Pride and Prejudice'' and/or ''Emma'' in your current literature course, you might consider using the lesson plans in this chapter for supplemental instructional materials and ideas for activities designed for student engagement and participation. Get suggestions ranging from discussion topics to imaginative classroom assignments.

Teaching Jane Austen Books - Chapter Summary

Help your students learn more about Jane Austen's life and works with video lessons and lesson plan outlines covering various biographical and literary topics. Instruct your students in the analysis of two of her famous novels and facilitate class discussions about plot points, characters and other literary elements of these works. Engage your students with fun writing and analytical assignments leading to a fuller understanding of this author and these novels.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Ensures your study of Jane Austen novels meets literacy curriculum standards for literary themes, characterization, word meanings and author intent.
  • Class discussions questions/topics: Use the video lessons to present questions about Jane Austen's novels that might not be addressed in your conventional lesson plans.
  • Individual or group projects: Find creative ways to help your students analyze these novels and broaden their understanding of the writing process and character development.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Jane Austen lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Jane Austen books and stories you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Jane Austen lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of Jane Austen books from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Pride and Prejudice and Emma activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Teaching Jane Austen Books
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Jane Austen Lesson Plan

1. Jane Austen Lesson Plan

Jane Austen was a modern woman before the term existed. This lesson plan introduces a detailed video lesson to teach students about the life and work of the author while an activity gives them the opportunity to analyze her life and work.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

2. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.

Pride and Prejudice Lesson Plan

3. Pride and Prejudice Lesson Plan

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.

Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

4. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.

Pride and Prejudice Discussion Questions

5. Pride and Prejudice Discussion Questions

''Pride and Prejudice'' is essential reading, but there's a lot to unpack in this novel. These discussion questions can help your students work through the tones, themes, and characters of the story as well as develop an appreciation for its impact on our modern world.

Sense and Sensibility Lesson Plan

6. Sense and Sensibility Lesson Plan

Through discussion and viewing of the film version of the novel, this lesson plan leads students through an exploration of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility.' Activities focus on character development and discussion/analysis of the plot.

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: Summary & Analysis

7. Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will get to know the Dashwood family of Sussex, England. They live in comfort and luxury at their home, Norland, until the death of Mr. Henry Dashwood. His wife and three daughters suddenly lose almost everything. Although Elinor and Marianne, the two eldest daughters, are opposite in every way, they find love even in the midst of adversity and loss.

Sense and Sensibility Discussion Questions

8. Sense and Sensibility Discussion Questions

''Sense and Sensibility'' was Jane Austen's first novel and a classic of early 19th-century literature. Get your class talking about this novel and its themes using the following discussion questions.

Persuasion by Jane Austen Discussion Questions

9. Persuasion by Jane Austen Discussion Questions

High school students will be challenged to contemplate how history represents the present while discussing Jane Austen's 'Persuasion.' These discussion questions relate to the general story, characters, and basic themes and motifs.

Mansfield Park Discussion Questions

10. Mansfield Park Discussion Questions

'Mansfield Park' is a novel by Jane Austen about a young girl living in poverty that is sent to live with wealthy relatives. This resource offers discussion questions about this novel.

Jane Austen's Emma Lesson Plan

11. Jane Austen's Emma Lesson Plan

This lesson plan focuses on a text lesson to help your students summarize plot and analyze characters in Jane Austen's 'Emma.' Discussion questions and a quiz are included, along with an activity to help concepts stick.

Jane Austen's Emma: Summary & Analysis

12. Jane Austen's Emma: Summary & Analysis

In Jane Austen's novel, 'Emma,' we're introduced to a wealthy young woman who prides herself in being a matchmaker. Although Emma has had some success, she doesn't always choose wise matches for her friends, but she unexpectedly finds the love of her life along the way.

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