Archive for March 15, 2020

Online Learning of A Doll House, Day 1

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our Online Learning Experience!

Goals for the Week:

  1. Draft a personal working definition of feminism.
  2. Read and analyze act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  3. Read and analyze act II of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read and reflect on two articles about feminism
    1. “What Is Feminism” from The Huffington Post
    2. “The F Word” by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Begin drafting your personal working definition of feminism.
    1. Your definitions are due Friday, March 20th.
  3. Make sure you know how your teacher wants you to submit work. Contact your teacher if you need help, especially if you weren’t at school on Friday!
    1. Mrs. Bristow’s, Ms. Jones’s, and Ms. Dimas’s classes: Google Drive
    2. Ms. Milton’s classes: Google Drive, OneDrive, or email
    3. Ms. Fullilove’s classes: Google Drive
    4. Mr. Mellman’s classes: OneDrive

Today’s Lesson!

Please ignore the screaming children in the background 🙂 


  • ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: 

I will draft a personal working definition of feminism after considering definitions presented in two articles, so that I can analyze a play through a feminist lens.

Activator: Welcome to Online Learning! 

Good morning, everyone! This is a new experience for all of us, so to activate our learning today, take some time to explore the class blog, check out your class Google Drive or OneDrive folder, and make sure you know how to contact your teacher if you need to (look at the post above this one!)

When you’re ready, come back here and let’s get started!

Work Session: We’re going to be reading a play called A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. This play is widely considered to be the first work of feminist literature. Because of that, we’re going to be talking about feminism a lot during this unit.

I realize that we’re talking about a kind of controversial topic here, and I want to be clear that I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind or sell you on anything. That’s why your first assignment is to draft a personal working definition of feminismWhat does feminism mean to you? What does it mean if someone is a feminist? This definition should  be entirely your own, and it should be a working definition, which means that it may change over time, and that’s ok!

To help you write your definition, we’re going to read two articles. The first article is titled “What Is Feminism?”, written by Rory Winston for The Huffington Post.

I want to draw your attention here:

Feminism is a movement towards equal society for male, female and transgender people, without discrimination.

Reflect on your first reaction when I said we were learning about feminism. What was your gut feeling? Do you agree or disagree with what this article says?

The second article I would like for you to read is a blog post from one of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss:

The article is called “The F Word” and in it he gives this definition of feminism:

1. Feminism is the belief that women are as worth as much as men.

1a. (Corollary) This means women should be treated as fairly as men.

1b. (Corollary) This means women should be respected as much as men.

1c. (Corollary) This means women should have the same rights as men.

1d. (Corollary) Etc etc.

2. Feminism is the belief that women shouldn’t have to do things just because they’re women.

2a. (Corollary) Men shouldn’t have to do things just because they’re men.

3. Feminism is the belief that women shouldn’t have to *avoid* doing things just because they’re women.

3a. (Corollary) Men shouldn’t have to *avoid* doing things just because they’re men.

After reading this article, take some time to reflect on what Rothfuss says and the examples he gives. Do you agree or disagree?

Now it’s time for you to write your own definition of feminism. Draft this in your “Classwork” document in your Google drive folder where you share your work with me. If you’re having trouble, I made a quick video showing you how to access your folder:

Closing Session:

Tomorrow we will begin reading the play. Here’s a list of vocabulary words that will help you understand the reading. Take a few minutes to look over them today, and again tomorrow before you read 🙂

  1. Spendthrift – adj. recklessly wasteful; noun someone who spends money prodigally
  2. Prodigal – adj. marked by rash extravagance; very generous; recklessly wasteful; noun a recklessly extravagant consumer
  3. Confectioner – noun someone who makes candies and other sweets
  4. Berth – noun a bed on a ship or train; usually in tiers; a job in an organization; a place where a craft can be made fast; verb provide with a berth; come into or dock at a wharf; secure in or as if in a berth or dock
  5. Steadfast – adj. firm and dependable especially in loyalty; marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
  6. Inane – adj. devoid of intelligence
  7. Indiscreet – adj. lacking discretion; injudicious
  8. Subordinate – adj. lower in rank or importance; subject or submissive to authority or the control of another; (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; inferior in rank or status; noun an assistant subject to the authority or control of another; a word that is more specific than a given word; verb make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; rank or order as less important or consider of less value
  9. Nuisance – noun (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive; a bothersome annoying person
  10. Parcel – noun the allotment of some amount by dividing something; a wrapped container; a collection of things wrapped or boxed together; an extended area of land; verb make into a wrapped container; cover with strips of canvas; divide into parts

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Read the first half of act I of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (stop when Dr. Rank enters)
  2. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her husband:
    • How does Torvald Helmer treat Nora?
    • How does Nora respond when Torvald treats her like a child?
  3. Reflect on Nora’s relationship with her childhood friend, Mrs. Linde:
    • How does Nora treat Mrs. Linde?
    • How does Mrs. Linde treat Nora?