Teacher Bulletin | Volume 10

Appropriate for grades 9, 10, 11, 12

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Jane Austen

She’s all the literary and popular rage these days. Walk into any Barnes and Noble, Borders, or public library and you’ll find tables full of Jane Austen and Austen-related works. There will also be Jane Austen notebooks, Jane Austen quote books, Jane Austen-inspired CDs, and even Jane Austen dolls and action figures. So why a unit on Jane Austen? Because she’s everywhere out there, and almost nowhere in the anthologies we teach high school English literature from. Because she has much to say that is relevant to teenagers and the life choices they must make today. Because it is a truth universally acknowledged that students in possession of a good education, must not be in want of Austen information.