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(This item is day 1 of a 3 day unit. Day 1 is my free item. The entire bundle is available for purchase. The description below is for the bundle)
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a classic American short story that deals with topics that are still relevant today. Topics such as equality in marriage, motherhood, fatherhood, and depression come immediately to mind.
The story is longer and requires the teacher to build some background knowledge for students. I have found that some general background about the author’s crusade for women’s rights, her own bout with depression, and some information about the rest cure are enough to get students started with the story.
The story is typically taught as part of the American Literature canon. In my district, that is the 11th grade year.
This lesson is probably best suited for 11th or 12th grade students as it requires that students document their learning and thoughts directly on the text--as opposed to a worksheet. For your consideration, I have included a simple worksheet that I would give to younger students or even older ones who have trouble staying organized. You can use this worksheet to help students in class or on their homework. You can make adaptations as necessary.
I find that the story takes at least two days to teach. That’s if the teacher chooses to introduce and begin reading the story on one day, have students finish the story as homework, and then, have a final story discussion on the following day. Two days in the minimum time I would use for this story for most students.
The story could, however, be stretched to fill four days of instruction if the teacher did not assign any work at home or minimal work at home.
The plan that I have created is a three day plan. The last time that I taught this story--to a group of general education 12th graders--I took three days complete the plan. The three days just happen to meet my instructional goals for this class. I divided the text into 10 parts based on the 10 different journal entries by the story’s narrator.
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