Reading Closely: Literature as Social Commentary *

Created by Elizabeth May

Essential Skills


When discussing how literature acts as social commentary, students explore the themes of gender roles and attitudes toward mental illness by reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Virtual Libraries-Project Gutenberg. While reading, students will use the chrome extensions Yellow Highligter Pen for Web and Self-Stick Notes to indicate places where they feel the author may be criticizing either society's view of mental illness OR the role of women in the society. They will use the highlighter to indicate the specific passage and the sticky note to jot down how and why they feel this illustrates the author's frustrations. A minimum of four sticky notes will be shared with their reading partner before a large class discussion of theme. 


Chromebook or laptop

Grade Spans