Archive for October 28, 2019

World Lit: Women Do Everything, Depressing Study Finds


Learning Target: I can analyze gender roles in today’s society by reading an article about who is expected to do housework so that I can deepen my understanding of the feminism movement.

Opening Session: Let’s make a T-Chart! I’m going to put “husband” on one side and “wife” on the other, then I want your help to fill it in. When it comes to “adulting,” what do you expect the husband to do and what to you expect the wife to do? Things like cleaning, paying bills, yardwork, etc.

Work Session:

We’re going to have a class discussion! I want to use a new strategy with you guys called Talking Chips. I’m going to give everyone three little plastic circles, which are your talking chips. Your job is to “spend” all three chips by the end of our discussion. You spend a chip by contributing to the discussion – making a comment, agreeing or disagreeing, asking a question, etc. Once your chips are gone, you need to yield the floor to other speakers! And if you still have chips, you should be finding a way to contribute!

Here’s the prompt for our discussion (it may sound familiar): What are the ideal “roles” for men and women in our society? In other words, what should women do/be like/look like/act like, and what should men do/be like/look like/act like? Who should take on what duties/roles inside the house? Who should take on what professions/roles outside the house? Are there any professions that either gender should NOT do/be allowed to do?

After our discussion, I want to read an article with you guys:

Women Are Literally Expected To Do All The Chores, Depressing Study Finds

Closing Session:

So, after our discussion and the article today, we can see that we still have some gender roles in 2019. What do you think about this? For your Ticket Out The Door, write down if you think these gender roles are more beneficial or more harmful to society.


Formative (TOTD, class discussion)


Scaffolding, Learning style



World Lit: Two Handsomest Drowned Words


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Learning Target: I will analyze a cultural experience reflected in a work of magical realist literature by drawing an illustration of a short story and then teaching that short story to my peers.

Opening Session: 

Work Session: Today we’re going to split the class in half and read a couple stores! So we’ll go around the room and number off 1 or 2. Half of you are going to read a story called “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the other half are going to read a story that I’ve made copies of called “Two Words” by Isabel Allende.

After you finish reading your respective stories, we’re going to pass around the printer paper and I’d like everyone to choose a quote from your story and make an illustration of it. Write your quote on your paper along with your picture. You will turn these in, so be neat and creative!

When our drawings are complete, we’re going to jigsaw back together into groups of four. Each group should have 2 people that read each story. Your job is to teach your group members what happened in the story you read, and since we are in our feminism unit, you should focus specifically on the role of women in the story you read.

Closing Session: For your ticket out the door, write a short paragraph comparing and contrasting the two stories we read in class today. How do these magical realism stories differ in theme and representation of women?

Assessment: Illustrations will be graded; group discussions will be formatively assessed for understanding.

Differentiation: Learning style (illustration for visual learners, movement and discussion for kinesethetic learners)

World Lit: Impromptu Exit


  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I will analyze Nora’s decision at the end of A Doll’s House and how her character develops the theme of the play regarding women’s changing roles in society.

Activator: A scene from Gilmore Girls when Christopher’s wife Sherry goes to Paris and leaves Chris and Gigi behind – Season 5, episode 6, starting at 22 minutes.

Work Session: Today we finish the play!!!!! YAY! I need readers for:


As we finish up reading and consider the ending of the play, I want to focus specifically on this quote:

Helmer. It’s shocking. This is how you would neglect your most sacred duties.

Nora. What do you consider my most sacred duties?

Helmer. Do I need to tell you that? Are they not your duties to your husband and your children?

Nora. I have other duties just as sacred.

Helmer. That you have not. What duties could those be?

Nora. Duties to myself.

Helmer. Before all else, you are a wife and a mother.

Nora. I don’t believe that any longer. I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are–or, at all events, that I must try and become one. I know quite well, Torvald, that most people would think you right, and that views of that kind are to be found in books; but I can no longer content myself with what most people say, or with what is found in books. I must think over things for myself and get to understand them.

And now I want to ask you what you think.

Nora made an incredible decision to leave her husband and her children. This is something that simply wasn’t done in her time period, and even today it’s rare that a mother will leave her kids behind. When it does happen, it’s generally frowned upon. Write a short impromptu essay of about 3-5 paragraphs: Why did Nora decide to leave/abandon her husband and children? Do you think she made the right decision?

This essay will be due at the end of class!

Closing Session: Share Out! First with a partner, then with the class – what’s your opinion on the ending of the play?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); product (essay length modification)

Assessment: Impromptu essays may be graded.

World Lit: A Proper Tuesday


  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I will analyze how the complex character of Nora develops the theme that women’s roles in society are changing.

Activator: I think some of you can probably relate to this struggle…. Grown Woman Dresses According to High School Dress Codes For a Week

Work Session: Ok, you guessed it, back to the play! A Doll’s House Act III part 1! I need readers for:

Mrs. Linde

What do you think is about to happen? Is Helmer going to find out what Nora did? How will he react? We’ll come back to this later for our TOTD…

After reading, I’ll need a couple volunteers. One of you step outside and one of you step up to the board. Draw me a stick figure of a high school girl wearing a skirt. Make sure you note what you think the “proper” skirt length is. Now I’ll cover it and we’ll see what the other student draws…..can you defend your drawing? Why did you choose that length?

Where does that length fall on this image? And what do you notice about all the words on this image – what do they mean? Do they have a negative or positive connotation?

Interesting, isn’t it? Let’s take that discussion into our TOTD.

Closing Session: Write a short paragraph: Do you think there’s such a thing as “proper” or “appropriate” when it comes to how women dress or act? What about for men? Do you think Nora is being “improper” to have taken out a loan and hidden it from her husband? Do you think wearing a too-short skirt to school makes a high school student “improper”?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); learning style (Visual imagery, kinesthetic activity)

Assessment: Formative checks during reading, TOTD may be graded

World Lit: We Need Feminism Because…


  • ELAGSE9-10RI7 Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

Learning Target: I will analyze various accounts of why people identify as feminists to determine which details are commonly emphasized.



  1.  Jauntily- lively, carefree manner
  2.    Petty- not important
  3.  Intolerable- unbearable; painful; cruel
  4. tactless – unskilled in dealing with people
  5. tarantella- a lively whirling intallian dance for two people
  6. excruciating – cause intense mental or bodily pain
  7. retribution- punishment; revenge
  8. disreputable- not fit to be seen or approved
  9.   rubbish- nonsensical (talk or writing)
  10.   slander- attack the good name and reputation

VOCAB QUIZ!!!!! and then a lovely video 🙂

Work Session: Welcome to Friday!! Today we’re going to read the end of Act II in A Doll’s Housewhich means we will need the following characters:

Mrs. Linde

This is really setting us up for the big finale in act III – what do you think Nora is going to do to solve her problem? Write a quick prediction paragraph (this can be turned in later as your TOTD)!

Next up, let’s check out this gallery:

What do you think of these signs? I hope you like them, because I’d like for you to make one! We’re going to create our own little Why I Need Feminism gallery. I’ll snap a pic of everyone with their signs, and then set it to music. We’ll watch the video next week!

Closing Session: Predictive paragraph TOTD; take photos of We Need Feminism signs

Differentiation: Process (varied length reading parts)

Assessment: TOTD could be graded, formative checks while reading