Practice with Analysis—First Impressions in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is many people’s favorite novel. My own wife has read it at least 15 times in her lifetime and has read the spin-offs, sequels, and watched all the film adaptations. This lesson can be used near the beginning of the study of the novel or used independently to study just the third chapter of the novel when Elizabeth Bennett makes her first impression of Mr. Darcy.

There are many links to video and audio resources for analyzing the character of Elizabeth and Darcy—and the nature of first impressions. The resource features an original prompt based on analyzing a passage from the third chapter of Pride and Prejudice.

Also, there is an opportunity to closely read the third chapter and highlight the elements of characterization in the passage. There are different films clips of Elizabeth meeting Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (set in Utah), Bride and Prejudice (set in India), Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, 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. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, British Literature, romance, satire, theme, ELL adaptable material, flipped classroom


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4 Days

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