Wharton, Edith. "Ethan Frome." Literature Connections: Ethan Frome and Related Readings. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 1997. 3-117. Print.
Students are asked to actively read the passages from chapters 1 and 2 for details related to gender roles. In the space below each passage, they are to write 2-3 sentences to convey Wharton’s message about gender roles. This is also a great way to practice identifying a central idea in a passage as required in Part 3 of the NYS Common Core English Regents.
This is a great way to expose students to literature without having to read the entire novel or to supplement a unit or other literary work on gender roles. You can also take anywhere from 1-3 days for this assignment, depending on how you choose to use it.
Option A: (small groups)
1. Assign students into groups.
2. Each group is assigned to a passage.
3. Each group presents the work to class.
Option B: (large groups)
1. Divide the class.
2. Assign each group the passages for a chapter.
3. Each group presents the work to the class.
4. Discuss how Wharton's message is similar and/or different in each chapter.
Option C: (whole group)
1. The teacher, or selected students, can read the passages aloud.
2. Discuss and annotate the passages together.
3. Students write the response independently, which can either be immediately reviewed or submitted at the end of class.
4. Discuss, or ask students to write, how Wharton's message is similar and/or different in each chapter.