Teacher Guide

The Bell Jar Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to develop a thorough understanding of the elements of Plath's life that shaped her worldview and her writings;

  2. 2

    Students will be able to read Plath's The Bell Jar with an eye to the linguistic and thematic particular to the author and recognize the broader themes present through Plath's fiction and poetry.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in Plath's novel.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to speak and write insightfully about the important themes in...

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