National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read
Washington Square

Washington Square

by Henry James

We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.


Schedule/Lesson Plans

This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of Henry James's Washington Square. 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.

Note: Hardcopy versions of the Reader's, Teacher's, and Audio Guide are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization.

Day One
Focus: Biography
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Two
Focus: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Three
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Four
Focus: Characters
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Five
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Six
Focus: Symbols
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Seven
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Eight
Focus: The Plot Unfolds
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Nine
Focus: Themes of the Novel
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]

Day Ten
Focus: What Makes a Book Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]

Handouts

Handout 1: The Early Women’s Rights Movement [PDF]
Handout 2: Marriage in Washington Square by Cynthia Ozick [PDF]
Handout 3: Realism and Henry James [PDF]

Download all ten lesson plans and handouts [.zip]

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