"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
From the first sentence of the novel, Jane Austen exercises wry irony, humor, and sharp insight into people and relationships at the dawn of England's Regency period, sometime during the Napoleonic Wars (1792 - 1815).
When Mrs. Bennet learns nearby Netherfield Park has been rented to an eligible gentleman, she is determined he shall fall in love with one of her daughters. But the affable Mr. Bingley, who does take a liking to Jane Bennet, has a dour friend in Mr. Darcy, who little likes the Bennet clan and particularly runs afoul of Elizabeth Bennet. Then tragedy strikes when Elizabeth's youngest sister runs away with a young officer.
From the sweetness of Jane, to the insensitive arrogance of Lady Catherine, to the silliness and absurdity of Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet, this book is not only a close look at relationships, but a shrewd look at individual pride and failings.
Progeny Press' Pride and Prejudice Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
English/Language Arts Credit: This literature curriculum is designed for high school students and provides a one-quarter credit.
Author Biography: Explore Jane Austen's background and learn more about the author.
Before-You-Read Activities: Conduct history research, mapping exercises, analysis, and familiarize yourself with the characters in the novel.
Vocabulary: Encounter and learn vocabulary words that appear throughout the book through various activities designed to improve retention and expand your vocabulary.
Literary Techniques: Delve into a wide range of literary techniques such as dialect, distinguishing fact from opinion, humor, irony within the context, using dictionaries, interpreting proverbs, identifying foils, paraphrasing, understanding antonyms and synonyms, recognizing foreshadowing, analyzing comparisons and contrasts, exploring paradoxes, examining grammar, drawing analogies, observing parallelism, recognizing hyperbole, exploring cause and effect relationships, identifying contrivances, understanding dilemmas, exploring epiphanies, recognizing comic relief, understanding framework stories, analyzing flashbacks, observing hubris, considering poetic justice, exploring narrative structures, identifying conflicts, examining different points of view, uncovering themes, understanding dynamic versus static characters, and writing precis.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on the moral lessons and character values present in the novel, such as pride, wealth, power, humility, judgmentalism, seeking peace, the impact of gossip, prejudice, the power of gentle words, seeking counsel and wisdom, exploring the prodigal son concept, the importance of good character, kindness, stewardship, understanding consequences, and the capacity of love to forgive and forget.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in various activities and writing assignments related to the novel, including exploring the Napoleonic Wars, embarking on field trips, creating art and photography inspired by the book, composing poetry, participating in class discussions, selecting from multiple essay options, engaging in creative writing exercises, and even writing a biography.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Discover an extensive reading list that includes more works by Jane Austen, as well as other books that share thematic connections or similarities with Pride and Prejudice. Movie recommendations are also included for those interested in film adaptations.
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