Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 5

Goals for the Week:

  1. Draft a personal working definition of feminism. Due today! 
    • Turn in your definitions via Google Drive or OneDrive!
  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 II of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank enters to the end of the act)
  2. Consider Nora’s relationship with Dr. Rank
    • What does Dr. Rank confess to Nora? Why does he tell her this? What is her reaction? Why does she react that way?
  3. Understand what’s going on with the blackmail situation.
    • Krogstad drops a letter in the mailbox. What does it say? What’s with Nora’s freak-out dancing? Why does Nora end the act saying “ Five o’clock. Seven hours until midnight; and then four-and-twenty hours until the next midnight. Then the Tarantella will be over. Twenty-four and seven? Thirty-one hours to live.”?

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 Nora’s relationship with Dr. Rank and Torvald by reading A Doll’s House and watching a movie clip, so that I can analyze how their relationships develop and advance the plot of the play.

Activator: Check out this movie clip! It has something in common with what we’re reading in A Doll’s House today…

Another really great scene is “Cards for Juliet” from Love, Actually. The movie is rated R, so I won’t put it here on the blog, but you should talk about it with your mom or dad and look up that scene if they say it’s OK 🙂

After watching these, make a quick prediction! Clearly, someone is going to be confessing their love for someone else, and that someone is already in a relationship. Whom do you think will be confessing to whom?

Work Session: 

Today we finish reading Act II of A Doll’s House. During the end of act II, everything pretty much falls apart in Nora’s life – things are just getting worse and worse for the poor little songbird!

While you’re reading, don’t forget to consider and reflect upon our checklist questions for the day:

  1. Consider Nora’s relationship with Dr. Rank
    • What does Dr. Rank confess to Nora? Why does he tell her this? What is her reaction? Why does she react that way?
  2. Understand what’s going on with the blackmail situation.
    • Krogstad drops a letter in the mailbox. What does it say? What’s with Nora’s freak-out dancing? Why does Nora end the act saying “ Five o’clock. Seven hours until midnight; and then four-and-twenty hours until the next midnight. Then the Tarantella will be over. Twenty-four and seven? Thirty-one hours to live.”?

As we finish Act II, we’re at the point in the play where everything has fallen apart. And of course we’re going to leave you on a cliffhanger for longer than usual! You’ve got your regular weekend off, and then on Monday we’re going to pause our reading and hold a round-table discussion about the play. Please tune in to the video on Monday!

Closing Session: 

Keeping with our love-confessions-to-people-in-relationships theme, I’d like for you to consider the following song:

Warning: I like this song. So you can bet it’s probably awful. I have terrible taste in music.

So, when I was looking for video clips and songs for this lesson, I found SO MANY out there that have this same kind of idea – someone confesses they’re madly in love with someone else, and that someone is already in a relationship or married. Consider some things about this:

  • Is this selfish? When Dr. Rank confesses to Nora, he’s doing it because he doesn’t want to die without telling her. But this makes Nora’s life much more complicated. Was it cruel of Rank to put that burden on Nora?
  • How should Nora have reacted to this? What did she actually do? What would you have done in her place?

While you’re considering those things, go out to the internet yourself and find me another song or movie clip with the same theme! Comment the YouTube link here on the blog, or send it to me over Remind/email/in your Google doc! This isn’t exactly an “assignment,” but I think it would be cool to collect a bunch of clips from everyone 🙂

Looking Ahead: Next Week’s Goals and Tomorrow’s Checklist

Whew, week 1 is done!! Here are next week’s goals:

  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.

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

  1. Watch the round table discussion on A Doll’s House.
    • Comment on YouTube with your input!
  2. Learn about the “I need feminism because…” project
  3. Make your own “I need feminism because” photo

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