This engaging and informative lesson enables students to gain a detailed insight into the social and historical context of Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice.' In particular, students learn about love, class, inheritance, and reputation in the Georgian and Regency eras – key themes throughout Austen’s novel. They then make clear and sustained links between the features of context and the text.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Playing a fun and interactive quiz about the life of Jane Austen;
- Completing carousel activities in groups to learn about the key features of love, class, inheritance, reputation, and royalty in the Georgian/ Regency eras;
- Linking their understanding of context to the key elements of the text;
- Analysing how Austen is influenced by key features of 19th Century life in 'Pride and Prejudice.'
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- All resources for the carousel activities, including sheets needed for 'Love and Courtship Blind Date', 'Social Class Detectives', and 'Georgian and Regency Royalty.'
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- 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.
Please note that one of the introduction activities requires internet access.
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