The Homecoming

Lesson Plan

Subject: English Language Arts

Grade Level: 9-12

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and interpret the play "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter.
  2. Identify and analyze key themes, symbols, and motifs in the play.
  3. Engage in critical thinking and discussion to develop their understanding of the play's meaning and message.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding through written reflections and group discussions.


  1. Copies of the play "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter
  2. Whiteboard or blackboard
  3. Markers or chalk
  4. Handouts with discussion questions
  5. Writing materials


Introduction (10 minutes):

  1. Greet the students and briefly introduce the play "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter.
  2. Engage the students in a class discussion about the concept of homecoming and ask them to share their thoughts and experiences related to the term.

Reading and Analysis (30 minutes):

  1. Distribute copies of the play to the students.
  2. Divide the students into small groups and assign each group a specific act of the play to read.
  3. Instruct the groups to read their assigned act and take notes on important characters, plot developments, and notable quotes.
  4. After reading, reconvene as a class and have each group present a brief summary of their act, highlighting key points and discussing their observations.

Themes and Symbols (20 minutes):

  1. On the board, create a chart with two columns: "Themes" and "Symbols."
  2. Guide the students in identifying and discussing the major themes present in the play, such as power dynamics, gender roles, family, and identity.
  3. Ask students to identify significant symbols or motifs in the play and discuss their possible meanings.
  4. Encourage critical thinking and open discussion about the interpretations of themes and symbols.

Group Discussion (20 minutes):

  1. Provide each student with a handout containing discussion questions related to the play.
  2. Instruct the students to form small discussion groups and encourage them to share their perspectives, insights, and questions based on the provided questions.
  3. Circulate among the groups, providing guidance and facilitating meaningful discussions.
  4. After the group discussions, reconvene as a class and allow each group to share their most significant findings or questions with the whole class.

Reflection and Writing (15 minutes):

  1. Ask the students to individually reflect on the play and choose one theme or symbol that stood out to them the most.
  2. Instruct them to write a short paragraph explaining their chosen theme or symbol and its significance within the play.
  3. Collect the written reflections and review them for understanding and insight.

Conclusion (5 minutes):

  1. Summarize the key points discussed during the lesson, emphasizing the major themes and symbols in "The Homecoming."
  2. Encourage students to continue exploring the play's meaning and engage in further reading or research on Harold Pinter and his works.
  3. Provide additional resources or recommend related plays or literary works for students who are interested.

Note: The duration of each section can be adjusted based on the available class time and the needs of the students. It is also important to adapt the discussion questions and activities to suit the specific level and abilities of the students.

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