Practice with Argument: Virginia Woolf’s, “Shakespeare’s Sister”

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Virginia Woolf in her famous essay in book form, A Room of One’s Own states, “It would have been impossible, completely and entirely, for any woman to have written the plays of Shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare.” She goes on to describe the imaginary life of Judith Shakespeare, the famous playwright’s sister.

These lessons examine the concept of feminist thought, arranged marriages, and a women writing literature throughout the ages. An NPR story explains the concept of an arranged marriage gone wrong. A Ted Talk argues that arranged marriages have virtue. A link is provided to clips from “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Hours.” In a video of a play production of “A Room of One’s Own”, you see an actress perform as Virginia Woolf as she shares the story of Judith Shakespeare.

In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Discussion questions are centered on purpose, audience, and strategy. Links to two different annotated texts and to an audio reading are provided. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.

Tags: AP English Language, Feminism, Virginia Woolf, argument, Socratic Seminar, Shakespeare’s Sister, British Literature, Common Core, A Room of One’s Own, Ted Talks, arranged marriages, NPR, non-fiction, William Shakespeare
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Practice with Argument: Virginia Woolf’s, “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Practice with Argument: Virginia Woolf’s, “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Practice with Argument: Virginia Woolf’s, “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Practice with Argument: Virginia Woolf’s, “Shakespeare’s Sister”