The Fight Club lesson plan is a four-week, day-to-day plan. Analysis of Fight Club is largely focused on a destabilized masculine identity in contemporary America. Day 2 of the lesson (see preview) is typical of the overall plan. But students throughout the lesson also analyze poetry, view relevant film, and read topical literary criticism. By the time students have written their culminating essays, they have a better understanding of the complex dynamics that occur between the individual and the culture he or she exists in, as well as the pressures within any culture that help shape identity.
Poetry analyzed within the lesson:
"Republican Living Rooms," by Sharon Olds.
"Because I could not Stop for Death," by Emily Dickinson.
Note: bolded headings in the lesson plan are transitional points in the class hour. All homework/handouts are copy-ready (see Blood Meridian preview and description for an example).