English: Women in literature

Nicola Davison
03rd March 2016
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Open up a discussion about the changing role of women with these provocative lesson ideas

In honour of Women’s History Month, we’ve picked out a selection of choice resources that explore representations of women in literature throughout the ages.  These thought-provoking lesson plans are an ideal starting point for a discussion about the changing role of women and for highlighting those areas of society in which inequality still exists.

Considering the representation of women in literature

In this well-presented lesson, pupils discover typical attitudes towards women in the 1930s before applying their learning to the character of Curley’s wife from Of Mice and Men.

Use an extract and these activity ideas from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood to think about the role and freedoms of women in the futuristic world of Gilead.

Reflect on society's view on women and violence in this analytical lesson on Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, Salome.

Exploring leading female characters

Encourage students to make personal judgements, supported by elements of the text, about Shakespeare’s most famous female character in this revision-style lesson on Lady Macbeth

Consider the way Charlotte Brontë challenges the role of women with this collection of presentations on Jane Eyre

This comprehensive study guide on The Wife of Bath contains a wealth of contextual information and interpretations of the Wife’s actions in Chaucer’s famous poem.

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