Archive for March 24, 2020

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 7

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read the first half of act III of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from the beginning of the act to when Dr. Rank leaves)
  2. Consider the relationship between Krogstad and Mrs. Linde.
    • How does this relationship differ from Nora and Torvald’s? How does Krogstad act around Mrs. Linde, compared to how he acts around Nora?
  3. Reflect on Nora as a dynamic character vs. Torvald as a static one.
    • Nora has changed and grown (dynamic character) and Torvald has stayed exactly the same (static character). Reflect on how the two of them are interacting now, in act III, versus how they were interacting back in act I.

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: 

I can consider how the complex relationships between characters advance the plot of the play by reading and reflecting on A Doll’s House, so that I can understand Nora’s actions at the end of the play.

Activator: 

Need to remember what happened last week? Want a preview of Act III? You’re in luck! Our activator today is this great audio summary video!

Work Session: 

Today we begin reading Act III of A Doll’s House. We will start at the beginning of the act and read until Dr. Rank leaves (poor guy, he’s dying 🙁 )

While you read, consider our checklist questions for the day:

  1. Consider the relationship between Krogstad and Mrs. Linde.
    • How does this relationship differ from Nora and Torvald’s? How does Krogstad act around Mrs. Linde, compared to how he acts around Nora?
  2. Reflect on Nora as a dynamic character vs. Torvald as a static one.
    • Nora has changed and grown (dynamic character) and Torvald has stayed exactly the same (static character). Reflect on how the two of them are interacting now, in act III, versus how they were interacting back in act I.

As we finish our reading for the day, we’re starting to get to a breaking point with Nora. She’s tried everything she can try to keep Torvald from finding out her secret… and now there’s nothing left but to deal with the fallout. We’ll see how that plays out tomorrow at the end of act III.

Closing Session: 

One of our goals for the week is for you to collaborate with your classmates or teacher. In order to facilitate that, for our closer today I want you to go download the Zoom app and create an account! Head over to Zoom.us or search the App Store or Google Play store. You can start playing around with Zooming your friends or classmates, and

Friday, I will host a Zoom class meeting at 10am. 

  • This meeting is completely optional, but I encourage you to attend and collaborate!
  • You don’t have to come if that time doesn’t work for you. But if you can come, that would be great!
  • We will be discussing feminism in A Doll’s House and really anything else you guys want to talk about 🙂

Once you’ve got Zoom installed and you’re done with the reading, that’s it, you’re done for the day!

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 second half of act III of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank leaves to the end of the play)
  2. Consider Torvald’s reaction to Krogstad’s letters.
    • How did he react after reading the first letter? How did his behavior change after reading the second letter?
  3. Consider Nora’s actions at the end of the play.
    • What did Nora do at the end of the play? What choice did she make? Do you think she made the right decision?