Aphra Behn Teaching Resources

To launch our campaign we have published four lesson plans about the life and work of Aphra Behn. We would love as many schools as possible to use our ‘What Would Your Statue of Aphra Look Like’ resource and to send us the images of their best student designs to hello@aisforaphra.org by September 24th 2021. We will choose some students’ images to be used in our sculptors’ brief. 

In order to get the best possible designs from your student, we recommend teaching at least one other lesson from the ‘initial lesson plan’ selection below, before moving onto the ‘What Would Your Statue of Aphra Look Like’ lesson.

Lesson Plan: What Would Your Statue of Aphra Look Like?

This lesson plan is adaptable for Years 5-10. It introduces Aphra Behn and also the fashion, costume and design of the Seventeenth Century. The resource asks learners to consider how they think forgotten women could be represented in public art.

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Initial Further Lesson Plan One: Introduction to Aphra Behn - Oroonoko

This lesson plan is adaptable for Years 6-10. It provides a brief introduction to Aphra Behn’s life and her novel Oronooko. It has some exercises suitable for English Literature, English Language, PSHE and Cultural Studies.

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Initial Further Lesson Plan Two: Introduction to Aphra Behn – Spy

This lesson plan is adaptable for Years 5-9. It introduces Aphra Behn’s role as a Spy to Charles II and asks the class to consider traits that might make women strong spies! It is suitable for English Language and Literature, History, PSHE and Cultural Studies as well as fitting within a cross-curriculum agenda.

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Initial Lesson Plan Three: Introduction to Aphra Behn – The Rover

This lesson plan is adaptable for Years 7-10. It explores some of the pressures of arranged marriage as presented in Aphra Behn’s play, The Rover. It is suitable for English Language and Literature, Drama, PSHE and Cultural Studies.

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