[PHOTO] 7th Graders Learn About Gender Roles In Literature

CLARK — While reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman, students in Miss Wegbreit’s seventh grade Language Arts class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark learned about gender roles in medieval times and fairytales. Students took on the stereotypical characteristics of the person they were assigned. They analyzed the differences between male and female roles as well as the differences between socioeconomic statuses.

The students were to put a piece of paper describing their character on their forehead without looking. They, then, had to figure out if they were male or female, rich or poor, beautiful or ugly by asking yes-or-no questions to their classmates. Once they figured out what type of character they were, the students wrote and presented their back-story for their person.


In the picture above, seventh graders in Miss Wegbreit’s period 1 and 2 class, Juliana Venezio (left) and Mackenzie Purcell (right) ask each other questions to determine the type of medieval person they were. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

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