Archive for March 18, 2020

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 3

Goals for the Week:

  1. Draft a personal working definition of feminism. Due Friday, March 20th
  2. Read and analyze act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  3. Read and analyze act II of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read the second half of act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank enters to the end of the act)
  2. Continue to consider Nora’s relationships with the other characters.
    • How does Dr. Rank treat Nora? How is this different from the way Torvald treats her?
    • How does Krogstad treat Nora? How does Nora act around him? How is this different from the way she acts when everyone else?
  3. Reflect on how Nora treats her children.
    • Look specifically at the hide-and-seek scene. What does Nora do with the childrens’ snow clothes? Is she acting like their mother, or their friend? How can you tell?

Today’s Lesson!

I’m going to start watching YouTube makeup tutorials to fix my glowing pale skin issue 😛

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can consider the central idea of gender norms by watching a video and reading A Doll’s House, so that I can analyze and discuss how gender roles have changed over time.

Activator: Check out this video on the gender wage gap. This video discusses reasons WHY there is a wage gap – it’s not just sexism! – and looks closely at specific professions and changes over time.

Work Session:

Today you’re going to be reading the second half of Act I of A Doll’s House, beginning when Dr. Rank enters the room and finishing at the end of the act 🙂

While you’re reading, pay attention to Nora’s relationships with the other characters. Specifically, continue looking at how Torvald and Krogstad treat Nora, and also look at how Nora treats her children. Remember the questions from the checklist:

  1. Continue to consider Nora’s relationships with the other characters.
    • How does Dr. Rank treat Nora? How is this different from the way Torvald treats her?
    • How does Krogstad treat Nora? How does Nora act around him? How is this different from the way she acts when everyone else?
  2. Reflect on how Nora treats her children.
    • Look specifically at the hide-and-seek scene. What does Nora do with the childrens’ snow clothes? Is she acting like their mother, or their friend? How can you tell?

As you consider these relationships, also think about Nora’s place in the world. As a woman in the Victorian era, she doesn’t have a lot of opportunities available to her. We can see this in how Mrs. Linde has struggled to provide for her family after her husband died. How do these roles relate to the gender pay gap video you watched earlier today?

We don’t have a written assignment today, but don’t forget your personal definitions of feminism are due on Friday! 

Get in touch with your teacher if you have any questions or comments, or if you need help understanding the play!

Closing Session: Normally, I’d have a class discussion about the gender pay gap and why you think it persists to this day. But since we’re all at home instead of sitting in the classroom, I’m going to ask you to have this discussion with your family instead! When you have a chance, bring up the things we’re learning about with your parents, siblings, or whomever you’re with today. Use these discussion prompts to guide you:

  • What do you think about the gender pay gap?
  • Why do you think there is a gender pay gap?
  • Do you have any experience with the pay gap? Any stories you can share?
  • (this is a hard question) How is the gender pay gap different for people of color? Why do you think that is? Check out this article The Gender Wage Gap: 2018 Earnings Difference by Race and Ethnicity for more information!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Read the first half of act II of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from the beginning of the act to when Dr. Rank enters, again)
  2. Consider Nora’s conflict with Krogstad.
    • How is Krogstad blackmailing Nora? What does he want Nora to do? Why is Nora playing into it?
  3. Reflect on how Nora is changing.
    • At the beginning of the play, Nora was flighty, ditzy, and childish. Now she’s acting scared, anxious, and she seems to care a lot less about costume parties. What is driving this change?