English Language Arts, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Grade 12 ELA
  • Literature
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    Remarks About America

    Remarks About America


    In this lesson, students continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion. Students will focus on Liza’s anger toward Higgins and Doolittle’s remarks about America.


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

    Liza's Anger

    • Give students about 3 minutes for the Quick Write.
    • Ask students to share answers with triads before being called on to share aloud.


    Complete a Quick Write.

    • Explain Liza’s anger with Higgins and tell whether you think her concerns are justified.

    Open Notebook

    Share your response with your reading triad. Then share your response with the whole class.

    Act 5 of Pygmalion

    • Use the time to confer with students about their reading progress and/or writing plans.
      • SWD: If students are still struggling with understanding the components of an essay, consider working with them on reviewing the components of a good essay.
      • ELL: Be sure students have the help they need to write.
    • 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 inPygmalion.
    • Update the Characters in Pygmalion and Social Class Terms class charts as needed.
    • Save time for a Quick Write during the Closing.


    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 5 silently and individually. Stop after Higgins says, “Where the devil is that girl? Are we to wait here all day?”
    • Continue to mark references to social class and law, places where the dialogue is confusing, and vocabulary.

    Note that provocation is another useful word for reading, writing, and speaking.

    Doolittle's Remarks

    • Give students about 3 minutes for the Quick Write.
    • Encourage students to participate in the Whole Group Discussion.


    Complete a Quick Write.

    • Alfred Doolittle remarks, “Americans is not like us: that they recognize and respect merit in every class of life.” Do you agree with him? Explain.

    Open Notebook

    Discuss your response with your classmates.

    Independent Work

    • Remind students to continue reading their Independent Reading Group Novel and to turn in journal entries.
    • Tell students that they should finish reading their Independent Reading Group Novel before the start of Lesson 23 and submit their last journal entry by Lesson 24.


    Start to wrap up your ongoing homework assignment and begin to prepare for your upcoming essay.

    • Finish reading your Independent Reading Group Novel before the start of Lesson 23 and submit your last journal entry by Lesson 24.
    • Review the writing you have done in this unit and look for possible seed pieces for your Character Analysis Essay.