Jane Austen
Lesson plans and teaching resources

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Biography and Background

Austen.com
Links to extensive e-texts, related Web sites, a bibliography of books, historical background, and other sites.

Jane Austen
Online literary criticism from the Internet Public Library.

Jane Austen: Class and Marriage
In this video from the British Library (1:28), Professor Kathryn Sutherland discusses the importance of marriage and its relationship to financial security and social status for women in Jane Austenís novels. Video also available at YouTube, here.

Jane Austen: Gender and Morality
In this video from the British Library (2:25), Professor Kathryn Sutherland considers Jane Austenís portrayal of female characters and her harshly moralistic outlook. Video also available at YouTube, here.

Jane Austen: Public and Private Spaces
In this video from the British Library (2:57), Professor Kathryn Sutherland considers the depiction of public and private spaces in Jane Austenís novels. Video also available at YouTube, here.

Austen's Emma: Social Realism and the Novel
In this video from the British Library (5:19), Professor Kathryn Sutherland discusses the ground-breaking nature of Austen's use of social realism and her focus on the mundanity of everyday life. Video also available at YouTube, here.

Austen's Manuscripts
In this video from the British Library (3:06), Professor Kathryn Sutherland explores Jane Austen manuscripts, discussing the significance of her dense handwriting and lack of punctuation. Video also available at YouTube, here.

Jane Austen Essay Contest
Rules for the contest sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Jane Austen Society of North America
An organization for professionals and dedicated amateurs.

Republic of Pemberley
An extensive site: discussion groups and lots of links.

Emma

Austen's Emma: Social Realism and the Novel
Introduction. Follow link to download key questions, learning and extension activities, related links. Adobe Reader required for download.

Persuasion

Jane Austen Study Questions
Questions over the novel Persuasion.

Bath, Somerset, England
Photo and aerial map of the city.

Persuasion
Reading activities including a predicting activity using movie trailers, character analysis using journal entries, a game using quotations, and more.

Pride and Prejudice

Click here: these lesson plans have been moved to a separate page.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility
A variety of support materials, including a directed reading-thinking activity, a problematic situation for discussion, and vocabulary. Adobe Reader required for access.

Vocabulary from Sense and Sensibility
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, examples of recent use, more.



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