In this novel study unit, students read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at home, in six pre-designated sections. For nearly each reading section, students are required to write an informal analysis of one quote from the reading section. Each class period includes activities designed to move student thinking from plot level thinking to analysis of tone, characters, and theme. These include class discussion, close reading, read-aloud, timed writing experiences, and small group work.
Focus in the unit is given to the objectives of being able to analyze the details and devices in a short passage of fiction that create tone, illuminate characterization, and reveal theme, as well as being able to identify and analyze a major theme of issue from an entire novel to create a bold, insightful meaning of the work as a whole statement.
This 23-page document includes a unit calendar, reading schedule, worksheets and in-class activities ready to print and copy, as well as ideas for in-class discussion and end-of-unit assessment.