Day 2

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Portrait of a Pure Woman

    Kind of Activity:

    Artistic Response


    Students will be able to use an alternate medium to interpret close readings of the text.

    Common Core Standards:



    Ask students to spend some time finding passages in the First and Second Phase that describe Tess's physical appearance, and make a list of some of the physical attributes that Hardy describes.

    Next, show students several examples of Victorian portraiture, and lead the class in a discussion about their defining characteristics.

    Students will the create their own...

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