This comprehensive unit explores gender roles through history and in modern times. Anchor text The Awakening by Kate Chopin is the cornerstone for this rigorous and engaging unit. Gender roles are examined in full detail - with novels, primary source documents, media, art, poetry, and short stories. Students engage in close reading and rhetorical analysis. As a summative assignment, students research, write, revise, and deliver 5-10 minute speeches on gender role issues close to their hearts. This unit is comprehensive, offers varied text resources (links to all resources included) and can be taught in a 4-6 week window.