Lesson: Gender Stereotypes
Break students in 5 groups. Each group reads one of the following fairy tales: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast. They should highlight any description of the male and female characters. They should complete a story sequence graphic organizer.
Introduction to New Material:
Each group presents their story sequences to the class. They also add to a class lists of male/female portrayals in classic fairy tales.
Teacher and students engage in discussion about the roles of males/females in these classic stories.
- What do you all notice about the roles the males assume? The females assume?
- What traits are valued in the male characters? In the female characters?
- What conclusions can we draw about the roles of women/men in fairy tales?
Teacher highlights that the conclusions drawn point to GENDER STEREOTYPES. GENDER STEREOTYPES are ideas, beliefs, attitudes about genders that people (often, incorrectly) generalize.
Read children’s story Paper Bag Princess and answer questions about gender stereotypes.