Jane Austen

Jane Austen wrote about strong women, social boundaries, and relationship dynamics in the early 19th century to educate her readers about the state of humanity. Learn more about the themes woven throughout her works, including Pride and PrejudiceSense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners watch the video independently for homework before coming to class to discuss what they have learned
  • Assign reading groups different novels by Jane Austen, and have them create similar videos about the characters and themes in their books
  • Use in a British literature class or when discussing famous women in literary history
Classroom Considerations
  • Offers insight to many of Austen's works, including revealing plot points; consider showing after a class reading to keep pupils from finding out the ending of their book
  • At just over seven minutes, the video may require a few moments of pausing and class discussion throughout the viewing
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • A great overview of the common themes and historical context of Jane Austen's writing
  • Summarizes its main points succinctly and clearly
Cons
  • None