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An Iconic Character | Little Women

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As Amy lament's Jo's decision to rid herself of her singular beauty, Marmee puts a hand to her mouth, awed by her daughter's generosity. Watch the pivotal scene from a Masterpiece production of Little Women, and lead a language arts class in a discussion about Jo's strength of character.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign a short argument essay in which writers decide whether or not Jo should have cut her hair
  • Encourage pupils to think about a time when they sacrificed something they loved for someone they loved
  • Pair with a reading of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi"
Classroom Considerations
  • Best used after learners have read the novel, or concurrently with the corresponding chapter
  • Video requires access to the Internet
  • Includes a lesson plan and discussion materials
  • Production value is high and engaging
  • Scene is not found in other productions of the novel, making it valuable for those who benefit from visualizing the text
  • None
Common Core