Teaching "Girl" & "7th Grade"
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In Brief: Post your initial response, about 300 words. Post a response to your colleagues, 100-200 words. No worries about respondents this week. I will serve as respondent and model what I'm looking for.
THIS WEEK’S SCENARIO: The two short stories included in this weeks reading come from a list of short-stories for middle-schoolers. I have used these two stories with rising 8th and 9th graders.
You are teaching a class of 30 8th graders at Whitman Middle School. Here is a class picture. The class you are teaching is majority white. There are two students who identify as African-American. Just over ½ of the class are young women. None of the students are first generation American, but a few students have grandparents who immigrated, mostly from Ireland. More likely, the majority of students have great-grandparents or great-great grandparents that came from to the US during the great migration in the late 1800s—Italy and Ireland mainly. Your classroom is well-equipped. Students have ipads for use in the classroom and all of the students have internet access at home as well as at school. You maintain a teaching website where parents can check assignments. The parents at Whitman are, more or less, invested in their children’s education and pay attention to what is going on in the classroom. You have 7 students on IEPs ranging from high-functioning spectrum to ADHD mix. Two student are on IEP for cognitive processing problems.
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The classroom will open up with a question/open discussion on defining what a girl "should be like" and what a boy "should be like" in society. Do they themselves think this, or is it an expectation? Then they will be asked what in society do they think influenced them to think that way. After reading, the students in groups will create a venn diagram of what it is like growing up as a female, vs growing up male. They will specifically focus on the expectations and struggles, and if there are any similarities as well as differences in growing up as their assigned gender roll. They will also write as a exit ticket what the characters in the story have to worry about that they themselves have not had to worry about in their own lives. This will have the students reflect on their own privilege, despite there still being aspects of the stories that are relatable.
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Book Group 1
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In both “Girl” by Jamacia Kincaid and “7th Grade” by Gary Soto there are many important aspects to teach a class with such diversities. An important part of teaching is recognizing the diversity in your classroom. The short story “Girl” overall shows a mother’s expectations of her daughter, but there is more to be revealed under the surface. First, it is important to teach students about the importance of an individual's identity in society, and the expectations society holds for people (male vs female). In “Girl” we are specifically talking about the expectation's society has for women vs the expectations of men. One way to teach a lesson on gender roles referring to the short story “Girl” is to ask the students in the classroom ways they have been assigned gender roles in their society. This will help make the story even more relatable so they can further understand what this piece is trying to show. After asking about examples of the different gender roles they may have been assigned in society, you can bring out a quote that reveals the importance of acknowledging gender roles in the short story. For example, when Kincaid states, “You are not a boy, you know” we specifically see the daughter’s mother placing expectations on the female gender as she compares it to the male. This relates back to society in real life, where expectations are put on different genders, and it is important for middle school students to recognize that.
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