World Lit: A Proper Tuesday

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 analyze how the complex character of Nora develops the theme that women’s roles in society are changing.

Activator: I think some of you can probably relate to this struggle…. Grown Woman Dresses According to High School Dress Codes For a Week

Work Session: Ok, you guessed it, back to the play! A Doll’s House Act III part 1! I need readers for:

Mrs. Linde
Krogstad
Nora
Helmer
Rank

What do you think is about to happen? Is Helmer going to find out what Nora did? How will he react? We’ll come back to this later for our TOTD…

After reading, I’ll need a couple volunteers. One of you step outside and one of you step up to the board. Draw me a stick figure of a high school girl wearing a skirt. Make sure you note what you think the “proper” skirt length is. Now I’ll cover it and we’ll see what the other student draws…..can you defend your drawing? Why did you choose that length?

Where does that length fall on this image? And what do you notice about all the words on this image – what do they mean? Do they have a negative or positive connotation?

Interesting, isn’t it? Let’s take that discussion into our TOTD.

Closing Session: Write a short paragraph: Do you think there’s such a thing as “proper” or “appropriate” when it comes to how women dress or act? What about for men? Do you think Nora is being “improper” to have taken out a loan and hidden it from her husband? Do you think wearing a too-short skirt to school makes a high school student “improper”?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); learning style (Visual imagery, kinesthetic activity)

Assessment: Formative checks during reading, TOTD may be graded

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