English Language Arts, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Grade 12 ELA
  • Literature
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    Character Analysis Essay Requirements

    Character Analysis Essay Requirements


    In this lesson, you'll learn about the requirements for a Character Analysis Essay that will be due at the end of the unit. Then you'll continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion.

    In this lesson, students learn about the requirements for a Character Analysis Essay that will be due at the end of the unit. Then they will continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion.


    • Read the lesson and student content.
    • Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.

    Law in Pygmalion

    • Give students a few minutes to discuss their responses to the Quick Write question from Lesson 19’s Closing.


    Discuss with your classmates your response to the Quick Write you did at the end of the last lesson.

    • There are issues pertaining to social class in Shaw’s Pygmalion . How, if at all, are characters’ lives in the play influenced by law?

    Character Analysis Essay Requirements

    • Ask students to look at the assignment sheet for the Character Analysis Essay and the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric.
      • SWD: Consider ways to differentiate the assessment of students with disabilities. You may want to identify specific aspects of the rubric that correspond with their individual learning goals to prioritize during this task.
      • ELL: Sometimes rubrics can contain language that is hard for non-native speakers to understand. Consider going through the rubric and defining and explaining terms before asking the students to assess their own performance.
    • Have students read over and discuss all the standards addressed (the parts of item number 4).
    • If students don’t mention it, note the similarity between the standards in the assignment sheet and the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric.
    • See if they have any questions. Remind students that these are the same standards they have been working toward all year.

    Work Time

    One focus of today’s lesson is to examine the requirements for the Character Analysis Essay on literature and social class and the law.

    • Look at the Character Analysis Essay Assignment Sheet and the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric.
    • Read the prompt on the assignment sheet and the standards to be addressed.
    • Ask questions about the assignment prompt and about the standards to be addressed in this assignment.

    Character Analysis Essay

    • Give students some time to talk over the topics for their essays.
      • SWD: Monitor the ability of students to develop their essays. They may need additional conference time to work on areas they are struggling with.
      • ELL: Be sure all students have some ideas of what they want to write about.
    • Tell students you will try to find a partner for each person as they begin to draft their essays in Lesson 23.

    Work Time

    Begin planning your Character Analysis Essay.

    • Continue working in the same group and share what character you plan to write about for this essay.
    • Once everyone has shared an idea, take time to write a paragraph explaining how issues of social class and/or legal institutions and the law have shaped your character. You can finish the paragraph for homework if you need extra time.
    • Submit your paragraph to your teacher for approval of topic.

    Open Notebook

    Act 4 of Pygmalion

    • Have students resume reading Pygmalion and prepare for a discussion.
    • Remember that References to Social Class in Pygmalion is provided to you and offers examples of lines and phrases in the play having to do with social class. Some vocabulary words and British terms are defined in Vocabulary and British Terms in Pygmalion.
    • Update the Characters in Pygmalion and Social Class Terms class charts as needed.


    There are a number of film versions of Pygmalion available, including the musicalMy Fair Lady. If you have access to any of these movies, consider showing all or part of them as the class reading of the play progresses.

    Work Time

    Continue reading Pygmalion.

    • Read and annotate act 4.

    You Have a Choice
    You can choose whether to read and think about the text independently, or read, discuss, and respond to the text in your triad.

    Act 4 of Pygmalion

    • Encourage students to participate in the Whole Group Discussion.


    Discuss the following with your triad group and then with the rest of the class.

    • Why are Liza and Higgins arguing?
    • Explain each person’s position.

    Independent Work

    • Read over students’ paragraphs about their Character Analysis Essays and plan conferences with those who need support.
    • Remind students to continue reading their Independent Reading Group Novel and to turn in journal entries.


    Finish writing your paragraph about your chosen topic and submit it to your teacher.

    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.