Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando, was a novel ahead of its time. It has been made into a well-received 1992 film by Sally Potter and adapted into a magnificent play by Sarah Ruhl. In these lessons, you can use the novel, film, or play to teach the students.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on as well as a TED TALK on understanding gender. Included in the material is a link to a New York Times review of Sarah Ruhl’s play. There are comparisons in the resource of the novel or play to animation and film.
The lessons feature an original prompt on exploring chaos and order literature. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. A student sample is provided. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.
New in 2018:
Added 2 more lessons
Added rhetorical situation lesson on Tilda Swinton
link to NY Times op-ed My Gender-Fluid Senior Prom