Lesson: Gender Stereotypes

Susan Fields Epiphany School, Ma Dorchester Center, MA
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Lesson Objective

SWBAT review plots of classic fairy tales and draw conclusions about how women and men are presented.

Lesson Plan

Opening:

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.

 

 

Guided Practice:      

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.

 

Independent Practice:

Read children’s story Paper Bag Princess and answer questions about gender stereotypes.

Lesson Resources

Slide show/Read aloud of Paper Bag Princess
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fairy-folk tales.Beauty and The Beast text.doc  
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fairy-folk tale. Sleeping Beauty text.doc  
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lp.fairy.gender stereotypes.doc  
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fairy.gender stereo.class work.doc  
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fairy.Cinderella text.doc  
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fairy-folk tale.Rapunzel text.doc  
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fairy-folk tale.Snow White text.doc  
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Paper Bag Princess Questions  
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