World Lit: A Doll House, Act I, part one

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 will read the first half of act I of A Doll’s House, analyzing the characters of Nora and Helmer through class discussions, focusing on how those characters develop a theme in the story.

Activator: A Probably Inadequate Summary of A Doll’s House:

Work Session: Well, as you might have guessed from our video, today we’re going to start reading out anchor text for this unit, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. YES, I REALIZE THE IRONY OF USING A PLAY WRITTEN BY A MAN IN A UNIT ABOUT FEMINISM. But this is one of the first feminist texts that was ever written, so that’s why we’re going with it. Also, it’s in our textbook, which makes life easier. (It used to be in our textbook, now I have really no excuse except it’s a good play and I like it.)

If you’re reading from home and/or ISS, here’s the full text online, and if listening instead of reading is more your style, here’s the full audiobook.

But today in class we’re going to choose characters and read aloud. I need volunteers for the following characters:

  • Nora (LONG PART)
  • Helmer (LONG PART!)
  • Porter
  • Maid
  • Mrs. Linde (LONG, but not as long as Nora or Helmer)

Don’t worry; if you volunteer to read today, you won’t have to read tomorrow (unless you volunteer again).

Our entire work session today will be reading and discussing the play!

Closing Session: For a little bit of fun before you go today, let’s check out this cool list together – Ten Amazing Women Who Led Rebellions!

Assessment: Formative assessment during discussions.

Differentiation: Varied length reading parts, learning style (audiobook vs text vs acting it out)

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