This is a fun, Common Core-aligned activity to help your high school students more deeply understand and appreciate the characters and their relationships within Pride and Prejudice. Students analyze main and supporting characters based on a “Date, Mate, Relate or Hate” scale. Is the character marriage material, for example, or more of a dating prospect, friend, or potential enemy? Students then provide their reasoning and cite evidence from the novel to support their opinion. The activity can be used early in the novel, and, if desired, revisited later for comparison.
The activity is aligned to Common Core Standards—asking students to analyze characters as well cite textual evidence to support their opinions. It includes an explanation of characterization, both direct and indirect.
Sure to start a lively discussion, this is an activity that cultivates fun controversy in the classroom!
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