World Lit: The Problem with Female Protagonists


  • ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: Students will examine an article about the prevalence of female protagonists in literature, determining the author’s central idea of the text.

Activator: Metroid Prime Gameplay Trailer – did you know it’s a woman inside that suit?

Work Session: Today we’re going to begin by reading the first half of Act II of A Doll’s House. I’ll need readers for the following characters:

Mrs. Linde

After we read today’s section of the play, let’s do a little exercise. Grab a sheet of paper and make a list of all the stories you can remember reading EVER – be it kids’ books, picture books, books you’ve read in school, ANY book you’ve EVER read – who have a FEMALE protagonist (remember, a protagonist is the person you root for – the main character of the story).

You have five minutes.

How many were you able to list?

I’ve got this article I want everyone to look at, entitled “The Problem with Female Protagonists“. Read and annotate this article, and then we’ll go through it together as a class.

Closing Session: How do you feel about what this author has to say about female protagonists? Do you agree with her assessment? Write a short paragraph of 5-7 sentences explaining how you feel as our TOTD.

Assessment: TOTDs will be graded, formative checks while reading.

Differentiation: Process (various length reading parts)

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