About The Northanger Classroom

Welcome to The Northanger Classroom!

This website seeks to combine the study of Jane Austen’s writings and the digital humanities into an accessible curriculum for upper-level high school students and teachers. Here, scholarship on Austen has been fused with digital, pedagogical innovation to create a storehouse of tools for teachers as well as new and forward-thinking learning experiences for high school students.

On this website, you will find a comprehensive, blended-learning focused unit plan for teaching Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey to 11th and 12th grade students, as well as resources for students and teachers who are seeking to study Austen’s parodic novel. The content for the lessons will be delivered to students online as well as in the classroom. This bipartite approach “blends” two kinds of classroom spaces: the online portion allows students greater freedom in the time, place, and pace of their learning when they study the novel outside of the physical classroom. It also prepares students to engage in thoughtful discussions inside the high school classroom that in some part have been developed online.

This unit utilizes a digital, interactive text of Northanger Abbey which can be found at http://www.textofnorthangerabbey.org/northangerabbey/. The website allows for students to make comments alongside Austen’s prose that will strengthen class discussion and promote a social learning experience.

This website is the product of an undergraduate research project by Cidney Mayes, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, and faculty sponsor Dr. Misty Krueger, Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine at Farmington.