This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Wharton's Writing Style
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: Themes of the Novel
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
FOCUS: What Makes a Book Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: New York Social Customs [PDF]
Handout 2: Faust and The Age of Innocence [PDF]
Handout 3: Newland Archerís Imagined World [PDF]
Page numbers refer to the 1999 Modern Library edition of The Age of Innocence.