The Greek Myth Pygmalion

The Greek Myth Pygmalion

Act 1 of Pygmalion (Beginning)

Work Time

Form groups of three (triads) to read act 1 of Pygmalion aloud. You will read the text in short sections, taking turns reading each time a different character speaks.

As you read, take note of vocabulary, especially words that might be useful for academic work.

At the end of each section, you will either complete a Quick Write or discuss or both.

  • Read up to the entrance of the Gentleman, which occurs after the Daughter says, “Really, mamma, you might have spared Freddy that” and retreats behind the pillar.
  • Stop to discuss with your group where the play is taking place and what the problems are.

Characters in Pygmalion

Work Time

To help keep the characters straight, work with your teacher to create a Characters in Pygmalion chart. Maintain a list of characters and information about them in your Notebook. As you read and discuss the play, you should periodically add information about the characters to your list.

Discuss the following with your classmates.

  • What has happened in the play so far?
  • What is the Flower Girl saying when she first speaks to the Mother: “Ow, eez ye-ooa san, is e? Wal, fewd dan y’ de-ooty bawmz a mather should, eed now bettern to spawl a pore gel’s flahrzn than ran awy athaht pyin. Will ye-oo py me f’them?”

Social Class in Pygmalion

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • What does any of this have to do with social class or social status?

Open Notebook

Then share your response with your triad before sharing with the whole class.

Look over the play again to find actual evidence of references to social class, and share those examples with the whole group as you find them. Use those examples to generate a Social Class Terms list in your Notebook. Update this list of terms as you read the play.

Act 1 of Pygmalion (Middle)

Work Time

Read the next section with your group, from the entrance of The Gentleman (“An elderly gentleman of the amiable military type rushes into shelter”) to the exit of the Mother and Daughter (“Oh, how tiresome!”).

When you reach the stopping place, write brief answers to the following questions.

  • Why is the Note Taker taking notes?
  • What skill does he reveal that he has after listening to each of the characters speak?
  • Why is the Flower Girl so upset?

Open Notebook

Speech and Social Class

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • How does a person’s speech reveal information about her or his social standing or class? Are those speech differences as important in America nowadays as they clearly were in early 20th-century London?

Open Notebook

Then share your response to the Quick Write and the previous questions with your triad before sharing with the whole class.

Act 1 of Pygmalion (End)

Work Time

Return to act 1 with your triad group.

  • Finish reading act 1. If you don’t finish, you can complete it for homework.
  • Make additions or corrections to the Characters in Pygmalion chart and Social Class Terms chart.

Reflection on Reading the Play

Closing

Answer the following questions in writing and submit your answers to your teacher.

  • What was easy about reading the play so far?
  • What challenges did you face?
  • If there were places where you got lost or no longer followed with understanding, what did you do about it?

Open Notebook

TV Show Analysis

Homework

If you have not already done so, finish reading act 1 of Pygmalion .

Write a paragraph.

  • Think about TV shows that you watch. Can you find any examples of a character’s speech revealing information about her or his social standing or class? Which show? Who is the character? What exactly does the character’s speech tell the audience?

Open Notebook

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.