Lesson Plan

Societal Schisms and Divisions

The final lesson plan in the Crime and Punishment unit looks at the societal injustices depicted in Dostoyevsky's novel. Scholars examine the schisms between men and women, between wealth and poverty, between religion and skepticism, and between connection and alienation. They then consider how Dostoyevsky uses these divisions to develop his theme.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have writers create a graphic that represents the societal split discussed in their essay and post the images in the classroom
Classroom Considerations
  • The third lesson in a three-lesson unit
  • Class members need to have finished reading the novel and discussed the plot and characterizations
  • Requires copies of two worksheets
  • Includes discussion questions that ask readers to think deeply about why the author presents so many schisms
  • None
Common Core