The Importance of Being Earnest: Study Guide

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Historically, members of the upper class provide plenty of fodder for comedic writers. Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is no exception, and a study guide for the classic play discusses some of the Victorian social issues he addresses. Before watching the play, theater-goers complete activities related to the history behind the show. After the performance, they answer discussion questions and tackle fun writing tasks.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class learn some of the dances described in the guide, noting how they differ from today's popular dances
  • Read a column from Miss Manners or Emily Post and discuss common rules of etiquette
Classroom Considerations
  • Lessons plans feature activities for grades 7-12
  • Includes pictures to provide visual examples of the information in the guide
  • Makes connections between the Victorian Era and modern times
  • Lack rubrics and clear examples of how finished assessments should appear
Common Core