Virginia Woolf in the Classroom :

Teaching materials and Links

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About This Site:

This site provides materials and information to be used in teaching the major novels of Virginia Woolf.  Included are summaries, essay questions and paper topics, critical references currently available in online databases (eg, Ebsco and Infotrac), and Accelerated Reader tests.  The Photo Gallery includes photographs of significant Virginia Woolf sites taken by this author.  Permission is granted for use of all these materials for educational purposes.

The Voyage Out

Night and Day

Jacob's Room

Mrs. Dalloway

To the Lighthouse


A Room of One's Own

The Waves

The Years

Between the Acts





A Word about Woolf and Accelerated Reader:

     The Accelerated Reader Program is currently used in more than 50,000 schools.  The Renaissance Learning Company is now vigorously expanding its market in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.  As of this writing, there are no commercially produced Accelerated Reader tests available for the novels of Virginia Woolf.  These tests are provided to you here in the interests of increasing the likelihood that students can choose to explore the work of this fascinating and important writer.  The writing of these tests has presented a unique challenge: since Accelerated Reader tests are multiple choice tests, the questions must be concrete and unambiguous – a significant difficulty in the case of Woolf’s work.  Therefore it is fair to argue that the questions in such a test will measure the least significant aspects of the work.  However, the advantage that the Accelerated Reader program provides to students is the opportunity to verify their reading of the works in classrooms in which students are allowed a personal choice of novels, and in which the novel is not taught to the class as a whole.  Given such individual readings, questions that affirm conclusions on the many subtle and ambiguous aspects of Woolf’s work would be unfair and unworkable.  In those cases in which there has been classroom dialogue on Woolf, questions on more complex issues can be added to the tests.

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