A Doll's House Teaching Guide
- 8 pages
- Subject: Allusion, Character Analysis, Historical Context, Plot, Setting, Symbols, Themes, Lesson Plans and Educational Resources
- Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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This classic play has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first or hundredth time you escort students through the text, some teaching tips will help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you. Teaching A Doll’s House will encourage students to understand the power of theater to comment, critique, and impact contemporary society.
About This Document
Owl Eyes teaching guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Our guides provide rich background information, identify key themes and topics, and offer creative and practical approaches to teaching the text.
The main components of each guide include the following:
- A concise history of the text
- An explanation of significant allusions
- Teaching approaches and discussion questions
- Tricky issues to address while teaching
- Alternative teaching approaches
- A list of complementary texts
These teaching guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.
Approaches and Discussion Questions Excerpt
Theme of Growth and Identity: Nora’s exit at the play’s conclusion has been criticized by some as a perceived abandonment of her children and marriage. However, her exit may also be viewed as an act of immense courage, in that Nora defies social norms to seek out her own identity beyond that of mother and wife. Ask students to trace Nora’s development from the beginning of Act I to the final moments of Act III, noting the differences in her language choices and intentions.
- For discussion: Do you agree with Nora’s decision to leave at the end of the play? Why or why not?
Additional discussion questions for engaging with Ibsen:
- Examine the letters and other documents present in the play. What roles do these have? How do they support the play’s themes?
- Highlight the centrality of financial matters in the power dynamic between Torvald and Nora. What is the difference between Torvald and Nora’s attitude to money? What do these attitudes reveal about who has the power in the relationship?
- Highlight the way Nora addresses her children. Are there certain similarities with the way Torvald relates to Nora? Consider the implications of these similarities.