Teacher Guide

The Age of Innocence 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 articulate the way that the novel functions as a commentary on Wharton's New York society—its values, conventions, and mores—and will gain an understanding of the novel's historical setting.

  2. 2

    Students will gain insight into major characters, including what motivates the characters, what the characters represent, and how the characters develop over the course of the novel.

  3. 3

    Students will analyze a number of authorial decisions, including point of view, setting, theme, characterization, and plot, and will be able to...

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