High School
English Language Arts

Going WILDE with The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde was not only a phenomenal playwright and poet, but he also had a masterful wit. My students enjoyed learning about the fame he achieved during his lifetime. They were also quite surprised by the reason for his imprisonment and his ensuing downfall. The resources in this collection expose the best of Oscar Wilde - his writing and his life.
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Going WILDE with The Importance of Being Earnest
  • umass.edu
    umass.edu

    Study Guide

    Article
    Melissa Mirabello says:
    Intended as a supplement for the production of The Importance of Being Earnest at UMASS, this study guide is a remarkable resource for teaching the play. It includes biographical information, an interview with the director, creative writing prompts, an article on “The Nature of Beauty” and fun facts about costumes and Victorian women stereotypes.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I love this cute web series based on The Importance of Being Earnest because it gives my students the chance to see how they can bring the play to life. The actors do a superb job of mimicking the characters' actions and their creative skits are funny!
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    Penguin does a fantastic job in offering these teacher guides. I loved the ideas on pages 18-20, the love letters, diary entries, and PSA assignment.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    The 2002 rendition of The Importance of Being Earnest has a formidable list of actors: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Rupert Everett to name a few. This clip is from Act I and shows the satirization of wealth and power in Victorian London. It is easy for students to decipher the ironic dialogue and chuckle at the ridiculousness of pomp and circumstance
  • nypost.com
    nypost.com

    Blame Oscar Wilde for the rise of Kim Kardashian

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    Melissa Mirabello says:
    I love this article about Wilde's fame because it compares Wilde to the Kardashians! Wilde was famous for being famous just like the Kardashian women. The article does stress, however, that he was an accomplished writer and brilliant lecturer as well.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I like this site because it includes simple facts about the play, yet also includes links and information that inspire further lessons. For example, it includes a list of epigrams, "Oscarisms." I have my students select one and then either portray it (artistically or dramatically).
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I use this documentary every year to begin studying Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest. Students have the opportunity to hear Wilde's voice and interviews with Wilde's grandson. They will also see where he lived, where he was educated, and where he "played." While reading the play, I often draw students' attention to Wilde's letters that are shared in the video.
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