Archive for October 23, 2019

World Lit: Impromptu Exit


  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I will analyze Nora’s decision at the end of A Doll’s House and how her character develops the theme of the play regarding women’s changing roles in society.

Activator: A scene from Gilmore Girls when Christopher’s wife Sherry goes to Paris and leaves Chris and Gigi behind – Season 5, episode 6, starting at 22 minutes.

Work Session: Today we finish the play!!!!! YAY! I need readers for:


As we finish up reading and consider the ending of the play, I want to focus specifically on this quote:

Helmer. It’s shocking. This is how you would neglect your most sacred duties.

Nora. What do you consider my most sacred duties?

Helmer. Do I need to tell you that? Are they not your duties to your husband and your children?

Nora. I have other duties just as sacred.

Helmer. That you have not. What duties could those be?

Nora. Duties to myself.

Helmer. Before all else, you are a wife and a mother.

Nora. I don’t believe that any longer. I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are–or, at all events, that I must try and become one. I know quite well, Torvald, that most people would think you right, and that views of that kind are to be found in books; but I can no longer content myself with what most people say, or with what is found in books. I must think over things for myself and get to understand them.

And now I want to ask you what you think.

Nora made an incredible decision to leave her husband and her children. This is something that simply wasn’t done in her time period, and even today it’s rare that a mother will leave her kids behind. When it does happen, it’s generally frowned upon. Write a short impromptu essay of about 3-5 paragraphs: Why did Nora decide to leave/abandon her husband and children? Do you think she made the right decision?

This essay will be due at the end of class!

Closing Session: Share Out! First with a partner, then with the class – what’s your opinion on the ending of the play?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); product (essay length modification)

Assessment: Impromptu essays may be graded.