In this engaging and informative lesson, students are enabled to make sustained and developed interpretations regarding the introduction and development of the character of Mr Darcy in 'Pride and Prejudice.' In particular, students learn about how he at first appears solely proud and aloof, before studying the events through which the more subtle aspects of his character emerge.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Establishing how Darcy fits the criteria of the 'Romantic Hero;'
- Reading and understanding how Darcy is introduced in the novel, using relevant textual evidence;
- Tracking how his character develops through the notable events of the novel;
- Analysing how Austen introduces and develops Darcy's character through plot events and Elizabeth's thoughts;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Extract from Chapter 4;
- 'Development of Darcy' task resources - with teacher answer sheet;
- Supportive and clear essay template;
- 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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