A Doll's House Victorian Fans Activity: Using Nonverbal Language
→ Editable files! Revised in July 2016!
In order to fully understand the cultural context of A Doll’s House
, students need to take a look at the behaviors of the Victorian Era. This activity allows students to create their own hand fans and then explore the “secret language” that existed between men and women during the time period.
I use this activity as an attention-grabber before beginning A Doll’s House. We discuss not only nonverbal language but also reasons why such a secret language might have existed during the time period. We also talk about how a playwright might use nonverbal language as part of the action in play, contrasting the conventions of ancient Greek and Shakespearean drama with realistic modern prose drama.
This activity is included in my A Doll's House Activity Bundle.
This lesson is classroom-tested and include the following:
A teacher lesson plan with…
• Common Core objectives
• preparation steps
• a classroom agenda
• assessment strategies
A class PowerPoint with…
• student-friendly objectives
• student directions
• activity time limits
• A Doll's House Activity Bundle
• A Doll's House Fishbowl Debate
• A Doll's House Pre-reading Carousel Discussion
• A Doll's House QR Codes Talk: 19th Century Marriages
• A Doll's House QR Mini Flip
• A Doll's House Themes: Textual Analysis Activity
• A Doll's House: QR Codes Background Worksheet