Day 3

The Importance of Being Earnest Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Gribsby Episode

    Kind of Activity:

    Role Play


    Students will examine a cut scene to determine how its omission or inclusion would impact the play as a whole.

    Common Core Standards:



    The Importance of Being Earnest was originally written as a four-act play; prior to production, a few short scenes were cut so that the play could have a three-act structure and a shorter running time. Among the scenes cut was a scene featuring a character called Mr. Grimsby, a solicitor who has traveled from London in order to arrest the profligate "Ernest" for his unpaid dining bills. This rarely performed...

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