The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde is a classic that has been called the funniest play written in the English Language. These lessons focus on final scenes of the play starting when Lady Bracknell reenters the play in the country setting until the play’s conclusion. The play section, a link to the live L.A. Theatre Works performance matching the text, film clips from YouTube, NPR stories on Brian Bedford’s performance as Lady Bracknell, and a Soundcloud.com story on the Arizona Theatre Company’s performance of the play are available. There is also a comparison assignment on a scene using a theatre and film performance. This is a compliment to teaching the play, the Victorian Period, or an engaging read on its own.
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. An assessment essay modeled on the 1971 AP English Literature essay Question #3 on the meaning of the title of a work is used which also has links to a rubric and a student essay sample. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Literature, drama, Oscar Wilde, theme, Socratic Seminar, marriage, Victorian Era, British Literature, Brian Bedford, manners