Day 5

The Bell Jar Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Portraits of Madness

    Kind of Activity:

    Individual Writing


    Students will examine two works by Sylvia Plath to compare and contrast the author's message and chosen form.

    Common Core Standards:



    In 1953, Mademoiselle magazine published Sylvia Plath's poem Mad Girl's Love Song: A Villanelle. ( Provide students with a copy of this poem and ask them to complete a written assignment that compares the poem to the novel. Students should compare the pieces in two ways: content and form. Why would Plath approach the subject of personal mental health from these two perspectives?...

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