Examinaning Gender Roles

Examinaning Gender Roles

Expectations by Gender

Opening

Complete a Quick Write.

  • Create two quick lists: one of expectations of boys and men in our culture, and one of expectations of girls and women. It’s fine if there is some overlap between the two lists (i.e., there are things that are expected of both men and women).

Open Notebook

Share your list.

Then discuss with your classmates:

  • What do you notice about the lists?
  • Where is there overlap, and where do there seem to be distinct spheres of expectations?
  • Do you think people really follow these expectations, or do most people follow their own paths?

Clues About Gender Roles

Work Time

As your teacher reads aloud from Things Fall Apart, look for clues about gender roles and take notes on the following.

  • Clues that show expectations about masculinity
  • Clues that show expectations about femininity
  • Examples of people acting against these expectations

Open Notebook

Things Fall Apart, Chapters 5 and 6

Work Time

With your group, continue looking in Chapters 5 and 6 of Things Fall Apart for clues about gender roles in Umuofian society. You may want to follow these steps in your group.

  • Review and summarize the chapters you read for homework. Make sure everyone understands the basic events.
  • Clarify any parts of the reading that were confusing and answer any questions that anyone had.
  • Split up the reading and look for quotations that reveal key details about gender expectations in Umuofia. Continue the note taking pattern you began with your teacher, listing clues that show expectations about masculinity, clues that show expectations about femininity, and examples of people acting against these expectations.
  • Create a Dialectical Journal #3 in your notebook.
  • Each member of the group is responsible for a Dialectical Journal entry about gender roles in Umuofian society. Find and analyze at least three quotations.
  • Discuss your findings together, sharing what you found and coming up with an overall summary of your understanding of gender roles and expectations in Umuofia.
  • What would (or does) your character think of these expectations? As a group, choose at least two quotations that help you understand how your character would see gender expectations.

Open Notebook

Character Journal Entry

Work Time

Complete the following character journal entry and share it with your community group. Write from your character’s perspective: what would he or she say in response to the following prompt?

  • Men/Women [choose one] are more valuable to Umuofian society because __.

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Be sure to use quotations from the text to support your analysis. Remember, this is your character’s opinion, not your opinion.

Share your work with your classmates.

Umuofian Society and Our Own

Closing

Complete a Quick Write.

  • So far, what similarities and differences do you see between Umuofian society and our own? Find at least one quotation that highlights a similarity or difference.

Open Notebook

Personal Journal - Entry #7 and Things Fall Apart

Homework

Complete another personal journal entry.

  • What is your reaction to gender roles in our society? Do you tend to follow expectations or resist them? Explain.

Open Notebook

Return to your community group’s entries and read through those from this lesson. Continue the conversation, commenting on at least one other entry or reply.

Read Chapters 7 and 8 of Things Fall Apart. Add to your Personal Glossary as you read.