Oscar Wilde's satire play "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a breeze to teach with this bundle!
1. Victorian Etiquette Quiz: This just-for-fun quiz based on a real Victorian etiquette book introduces students to the absurdity of Victorian Era manners, and then prompts them to think about whether our own era has equally ridiculous expectations for behavior. A key is included.
2. Background PowerPoint Presentation: This 9-slide PowerPoint presentation provides the necessary background information students need to know before reading Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
-Explanation of how Jack uses the name Ernest
-The reason for conflict
-Overview of the Aesthetic Movement
-Characteristics of the well-made play
-Diagram illustrating the relationship of the characters
A fill-in-the-blank version is included for students to use in taking notes.
3. Study Guide: This study guide includes 37 plot-based questions for students to complete while they are reading the play. A key is included.
4. Journal Prompts: This sheet includes four journal prompts related to the major themes of the play (dealing with deceit, marriage, money and more). The prompts can be assigned throughout the reading of the play or as a cumulative assignment.
5. Earnest Debates: This assignment presents some controversial statements about the characters. The students decide whether they agree with the statements and explain their reasoning using specific references to the play. This can be completed as a written or verbal assignment.
6. Quiz: This 15-question multiple choice quiz includes questions on both the PowerPoint notes and the plot points. A key is included.
7. The “Well-Made Play” Graphic Organizer: This graphic organizer helps students understand how The Importance of Being Earnest meets the criteria of the genre known as “the well-made play.” Students can make notes as they read or complete the sheet as a cumulative assignment. A key is included.
8. Seinfeld as the Well-Made Play: The Seinfeld episode “The Stall” from the show’s fifth season represents the criteria of the “well-made play” genre. In this assignment, students use the same graphic organizer described in the previous item to note examples. A key is included. [Note: I use this assignment to introduce the unit, but it can be used as a cumulative assignment to draw comparisons to the play. Season 5 of Seinfeld can be purchased for very low prices on Amazon. The assignment can be omitted without any problem, but I highly recommend using this assignment to hook students’ interest and help them see the legacy of Oscar Wilde’s wit.]
Character List: This chart shows which characters appear in each act, so it makes assigning roles to students easier.
Oscar Wilde’s Aphorisms: In this assignment students read 46 of Oscar Wilde’s wittiest sayings, then select their favorite three and explain why they appreciate them.
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