Pride and Prejudice

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A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO THE SIGNET CLASSICS EDITION OF

J A N E AU S T E N ’ S

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

by

NANCY POSEY
E D I T O R S :

S E R I E S

JEANNE M. McGLINN and JAMES E. McGLINN
both at

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

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A Teacher’s Guide to the Signet Classics Edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction ...........................................................................................................3 List of Characters ...................................................................................................3 Synopsis of the Novel .............................................................................................4 Pre-Reading Activities ............................................................................................6 I. Building Background Knowledge ...............................................................6 II. Genre Study ............................................................................................10 III. Initial Exploration of Themes .................................................................11 During Reading Activities ....................................................................................13 I. Noting Initial Reactions ...........................................................................13 II. Reader Response ......................................................................................14 III. Focusing on the Literary Elements .........................................................15 IV. Discussion Questions ..............................................................................18 V. Vocabulary Development ..........................................................................21 After Reading Activities ........................................................................................22 I. Analysis of Initial Reactions .......................................................................22 II. Deepening Understanding .......................................................................23 III. Individual and Group Projects ................................................................24 More Resources for Teachers ...............................................................................30 About the Author of This Guide ..........................................................................30 About the Editors of This Guide ..........................................................................30 Free Teacher’s Guides ...........................................................................................31

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INTRODUCTION
For a young woman living a presumably insular life in Regency England, Jane Austen produced an impressive body of works that has continued to grow in popularity. She was born in 1775 in Hampshire, England to a parson’s family, and she left home only for five years to attend boarding school and for occasional visits to siblings. Surrounded by books all of her life, she found an eager audience for her writing among her close-knit family. Although she never married and had only one serious romance, her novels of courtship and marriage have remained favorites. Austen completed the first draft of Pride and Prejudice, which she titled First Impressions, in 1797, but it was not published until after she had rewritten it nearly sixteen years later. Of her six...
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