An Introduction to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own

If you've ever wondered why the majority of historical writers are male rather than female, Virginia Woolf may have an answer for you. A video analysis of A Room of One's Own details Woolf's argument about women's stifled role in the literary world, and uses her imaginary character, Judith Shakespeare, to illustrate her point.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect to Women's History Month when discussing the advantages that women have not traditionally been able to enjoy
  • Encourage learners to think about other male historical figures and consider the ways their lives — and the development of their ideas — would have changed had they been born women
Classroom Considerations

  • Refer to the publisher's website to find the full video analysis, as this resource is a short sample
  • Display the video in full-screen mode to avoid projecting the comment section, which is open to the public and full of opinions
Pros

  • Portrays a topical argument in an explanatory way
  • Encourages critical thinking and literary analysis skills
  • A great companion to a reading of Woolf's work
Cons

  • None