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Curriculum Guide to: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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An 18-page curriculum guide for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice consists of five lessons. The first plan asks readers to compare the manners, social behaviors, and class issues in Austen's novel to today's. Next, pupils examine a satirical painting, find examples of Austen's ridicule of Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine, then create their visual satire of the characters. Scholars also craft a letter from Elizabeth to her sister Jane and do a close reading of Mr. Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth and rewrite the scene from Darcy's point of view. The last lesson in the guide asks readers to compare Austin's description of Pemberley to a country-house poem by Aemilia Lanyer. The goal of the guide is to help readers recognize the wit in Austen's social commentary.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Post the visual satires of Mr. Collins and Lady Catherine on the classroom walls
  • Have class members craft their visual satire and social commentary
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors must provide the image of William Hogarth's "Marriage A-la-Mode: The Marriage Settlement"
  •  Page numbers are for the Enriched Classics edition of the novel
  • Requires copies of three worksheets
  • Each lesson is richly detailed and includes step-by-step directions
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