The Ruined Maid Poem

The Ruined Maid Poem

Act 1 of Pygmalion Recap

Opening

Complete a Quick Write.

  • Why is Liza (the Flower Girl) so excited about riding in a taxi?

Open Notebook

Share your responses to your Quick Write with your triad group. Once you have shared, review act 1 with your group.

Then join in a conversation with the whole group about act 1.

"The Ruined Maid"

Work Time

Poet Thomas Hardy was a contemporary of George Bernard Shaw.

  • Read Hardy’s poem “The Ruined Maid” silently and note any words you don’t know or understand.
  • Share those words with the class.
  • Next, listen as “The Ruined Maid” is read aloud by some of your classmates.
  • Then read and annotate the poem silently for sentence sense, and write what each sentence says in your own words.

Open Notebook

The Most Important Word

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • What is the most important word (or short phrase) in the poem and why?

Open Notebook

Discuss your response to the Quick Write question with your classmates.

About "The Ruined Maid"

Work Time

Reread the poem silently.

Work with a partner to record individual answers to the following questions.

  • In what sense is the maid ruined?
  • How has ‘Melia improved her life and circumstance?
  • What has the cost been to her?
  • What are the differences between town and country life in the poem?
  • What is ironic about the situation in the poem?

Open Notebook

Social Class and Law

Closing

Take 2 or 3 minutes to complete a Quick Write on the following question.

  • How does the poem “The Ruined Maid” relate to social class and law or to Pygmalion ?

Open Notebook

You will share your answers during the next lesson.

Then and Now

Homework

In a short paragraph, agree or disagree with the following statement.

  • The situation described in Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Ruined Maid” applies only to 19th-century England. A modern poet could not write about the same situation occurring in today’s world.

Open Notebook

Submit and share your paragraph and respond to the paragraph of at least one classmate.

Continue your ongoing homework assignment:

  • Read your Independent Reading Group Novel.
  • Remember to submit two journal entries a week to your teacher and publish some of your journal entries so others can read your work.