Isabel Bishop’s renderings of Elizabeth Bennet in the E. P. Dutton edition of Pride and Prejudice
I volunteered to go into my daughter’s 7th grade classroom and talk about Jane Austen. I am excited, but I didn’t think I’d get a whole hour.
It changes things. Part of me starts to panic, and part of me says ‘Now think of all the fun things we can do!’.
I don’t know if any of you are like this, but because of my anxiety issues I get really nervous, even if it’s something I want to do. I think this will be so much fun, but still, panic is setting in.
There’s so much I want to say. I don’t need to write a lecture, but I tried to write an outline just to keep me focused a little.
I’ve done a presentation for adults before, most of whom were already Austen fans. My goal tomorrow is twofold- to help the children understand Jane Austen’s life and the challenges she faced as a lady writer, and to explain some of the interesting cultural differences to help them in their reading of the books.
As fond as I am of Jane Austen, I think 7th grade is a little young for American kids to be introduced to her. I’m afraid they’ll miss a lot. But these are smart kids, so hopefully I’m wrong. Either way I look forward to bringing a little of Jane Austen’s world to them.