In this engaging and informative lesson, students are enabled to make clear and insightful interpretations of Elizabeth Bennet – the chief protagonist in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In particular, students learn about her key characteristics- such as her strong ideas, wit, intelligence, grace, and good humour – and relate these to ideas of societal expectations of the time.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Playing a fun and interactive quiz to determine the key events and family life of Elizabeth Bennet;
- Establishing her characteristics and traits, utilising textual evidence;
- Analysing Elizabeth's character in relation to the expectations of society in the Regency Era;
- Creating clear and creative diary entries, using an in-depth understanding of Elizabeth's character;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- 'Character Traits of Elizabeth' task resources - with teacher answer sheet;
- 'Elizabeth in Context' task resources - with teacher answer sheet;
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. These resources were originally taught to GCSE students, but with subtle adaptations they have also been used with both younger and older (up to A Level) students.
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