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The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde (7)

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Oscar Wilde’s fantastic final comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, simply sparkles with the wit and wisdom of England’s favorite imported bon vivant. The very essence of this play is romance, and as Wilde writes, “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” Jack Worthing, in the guise of his alter ego and alibi, his fictitious brother Earnest, loves Gwendolyn, but Gwendolyn’s mother Lady Bracknell does not approve. For, though rich and agreeable, Jack is unsure of his biological parentage, and only knows that his adopted father found him in a handbag at Victoria Station. When Jack is being Jack, and not Earnest, he is guardian to Cecily. Cecily attracts the amorous attentions of Jack’s best friend, Gwendolyn’s cousin Algernon, who is also masquerading as Jack’s wicked brother Earnest. Thus, Gwen and Cecily each end up engaged to ‘Earnest’. As the couples negotiate false identities and true intentions, Lady Bracknell asks to see Cecily’s governess Miss Prism. It seems she may know a thing or two about a handbag left in a cloakroom at Victoria Station. The Importance of Being Earnest cloaks biting social satire in a clever, light as air comedy.

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    Multiple Critical Perspectives: Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    52 Pages, Grades 9 - 12
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    Multiple Critical Perspectives: Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    It will be easy to delve into the expansive richness that literature can provide with Prestwick House's Multiple Critical Perspectives series. This eBook guide offers compact explanations of three different critical perspectives, providing students with a deeper understanding of reading. Class exercises, writing assignments, and discussion questions help students consider the text from these new views by adding Critical Theory to the classroom.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Multiple Critical Perspectives series. Other best-selling titles include: The Kite Runner; Romeo and Juliet; Life of Pi; The Crucible; Siddhartha; Jane Eyre; Hamlet; The Scarlet Letter, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling Multiple Critical Perspectives guides, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    AP Teaching Unit: Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    73 Pages, Grades 10 - 12
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    AP Teaching Unit: Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Students and teachers alike often can feel overwhelmed with the meticulous standards of the AP class. This Prestwick House AP Teaching Unit study guide improves the likelihood of scoring a 5 on the AP Exam by meeting the rigorous requirements and focusing on the literary knowledge that students are expected to exhibit. A division of Prestwick House's esteemed Teaching Units, the AP Teaching Units are modeled to allow for a detailed, interpretive, and critical study of novels and plays likely to appear on the English Literature and Composition AP Exam.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House AP Teaching Units series. Other best-selling AP Teaching Units include: The Kite Runner; The Scarlet Letter; Heart of Darkness; Pride and Prejudice; Macbeth; The Awakening, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook guides for AP Teaching, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Novel Test: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    6 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Novel Test: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

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    Response Journal: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    32 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Response Journal: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    This Prestwick House Response Journal is specifically designed to help students relate ideas in literature back to their own experiences. This eBook provides chapter-by-chapter reproducible prompts to help students reflect on what they've read, bridging their life experiences with the adventures of the characters. As part of the response-centered movement, critical thinking journals make a superb warm-up activity that will eventually culminate into a personal reference.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Response Journals series. Other best-selling titles include: Rebecca; The Secret Life of Bees; Into The Wild; The Bluest Eye; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Brave New World; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook response journals, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Activity Pack: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    98 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Activity Pack: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    It's possible to energize student learning while accomplishing state-set objectives and national criterion with Prestwick House Activity Packs! Students will learn crucial abstract literary concepts, including the subtlety of style and plot, the elaborateness of theme, and the inclinations of their favorite characters. With this eBook, a variety of reproducible exercises are offered, giving students hands-on experience that will prove integral to their literary experience and indispensible to educators.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Activity Pack series, comprised of some of the following titles: Into The Wild; Life of Pi; The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Poisonwood Bible; The Bluest Eye; Beowulf. All aforementioned Prestwick House Activity Packs, as well as the rest of the series, can be viewed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button on the left.


     
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    Teaching Unit: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    29 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: The Importance of Being Earnest (eBook)

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    The Importance of Being Earnest Lesson Plans

    Center for Learning
    73 Pages, Grades 9 - 12
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    The Importance of Being Earnest Lesson Plans

    Curriculum guide for The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; aligned to Common Core standards. Includes objectives, teacher notes, individual and small group activities, student handouts with suggested responses, and tests with answer keys. Students debate, role play, interview, complete art projects, draft a variety of writing assignments, and prepare a bibliography. Students conduct research to extend and enhance their study of the play, review the pre-Raphaelite movement in English literature, and compare Victorian and contemporary language and comedy. PDF format allows posting handouts directly to a LMS or to student devices. 12 Lesson Plans/21 Handouts