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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's famous short story broke new ground in both topic and style and is a great vehicle to introduce senior students to more sophisticated ways of analysing and evaluating texts.


This 38-page resource comprises

  • A copy of the text, in numbered sections for easy reference
  • Questions for the story which follow Bloom's Taxonomy of lower-to-higher order tasks
  • A handout on different schools of theory and how they have viewed Gilman's story, with an accompanying reading and analysis task
  • A longer extract from the first academic article about 'The Yellow Wallpaper', which gets students to read academic prose, and consider formation and challenges to argument
  • A discussion of related texts which also respond to similar ideas and themes, and a sample poem by William Carlos Williams which students can compare to Gilman's story.
  • A 2-page bibliography of poems, short stories, and films from which students can select their own related text
  • A choice of six engaging creative tasks

Unit of Work: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'The Yellow Wallpaper'

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