English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
  • Character Analysis
  • Grade 12 ELA
  • Writing
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    The Final Speech In The Play

    The Final Speech In The Play


    In this lesson, students continue reading, annotating, and discussing Pygmalion. They’ll write about the impact of Higgins’s meddling in Doolittle’s life and also Doolittle’s final speech in the play. They’ll also finish their Independent Reading Group Novel for homework.


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


    • Allow students time to use the questions in preparation for a class discussion.
    • Facilitate a discussion.
      • SWD: Encourage students to discuss. This is an opportunity for students to show their understanding and for the teacher to check their understanding.
      • ELL: Be sure students participate as actively as their native counterparts.
    • Let students know there is no particular order for answering the questions.
    • Take advantage of any disagreements that arise by having students support their understanding with citations from the play or with other reasoning.


    Respond in writing to the following questions about what you’ve read in act 5 so far.

    • Why had Higgins named Alfred Doolittle as the most original moralist in England in a letter to the philanthropist Ezra D. Wannafeller?
    • What effect does that casual reference have on Doolittle’s life?
    • To what degree is Higgins’s meddling with their lives responsible for the predicaments Liza and her father face?

    Open Notebook

    Discuss your responses with your classmates.

    Act 5 of Pygmalion

    • Use your time conferring with students about reading or writing.
    • Save time for a Quick Write during the Closing.
    • Update the Characters in Pygmalion and Social Class Terms class charts as needed.


    There are a number of film versions of Pygmalion available, including the musical My 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, from Eliza’s entrance [“Eliza enters, sunny, self-possessed”] to the exit of Doolittle and Pickering, where Pickering says, “Do stay with us, Eliza. [He follows Doolittle].”

    Read your Independent Reading Group Novel or begin drafting your Character Analysis Essay if you get through before others in the class.

    You Have a Choice
    You can choose whether to read and think about the text independently or read, discuss, and respond to the text in your triad.


    • Give students about 3 minutes for the Quick Write.


    In his final speech in the play, Alfred Doolittle says to his daughter, “They played you off very cunning.” Read the remainder of his speech, and then complete a Quick Write.

    • What is Doolittle implying about the motives of Higgins, Pickering, and Liza?

    Open Notebook

    You will share your response in the next lesson.

    Independent Reading

    • Remind students to finish reading their Independent Reading Group Novel and to turn in journal entries.
    • Remind students about the writing of a Character Analysis Essay. Let them know they will begin writing the essay during Lesson 24.


    Wrap up your ongoing homework assignment.

    • Finish reading your Independent Reading Group Novel before the start of the next lesson and submit your last journal entry by Lesson 24.