In this engaging and informative lesson, students are enabled to make sustained and developed interpretations regarding the introduction and development of the character of Mrs Bennet in 'Pride and Prejudice.' In particular, students learn about how her tiresome, ungraceful, single-minded behaviour ironically alienates the very suitors that she hopes to attract for her daughters.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Establishing the extent to which Mrs Bennet fits the requirements of the 'Regency mother';
- Reading and understanding how Mrs Bennet is introduced in the novel, using relevant textual evidence;
- Tracking how her character develops through the notable events of the novel;
- Analysing how Austen introduces and develops Mrs Bennet's character throughout the novel;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Extract from Chapter 1;
- 'Development of Mrs Bennet' 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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