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Glaspell's Trifles, a play in one act, explores the relationships between husbands and wives in a male-dominated society. After reading the play, I wanted to immediately integrate it into my curriculum. Although it is later in the school year, I still have texts and other materials that would fit nicely. My first thought is to use the play as ancillary material to either Ethan Frome, A Streercar Named Desire, or The Glass Menagerie. These (already available to me) texts deal with the same dynamic of relationships, and leave the female characters as somewhat victimized in their respective male-dominated cultures.
I love using multi-tiered approaches in my classroom, and allowing my kids to use their own skills in demonstration of learning, as they take real ownership of their work. Because of this, I like to integrate various media forms to instruct, as well as encouraging my kids to the same.
If I were to present this as a full unit of Gender Roles/Relationships/Isolation/Male-dominated societies, I could easily spend a full quarter of classtime with it. I have been pulling together some music, poetry, other plays, and short stories that I feel are strong representatives of this potential unit. I am actually getting excited about creating this unit!
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