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Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 12

Goals for the Week:

  1. Write a response to a prompt analyzing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
  3. Finalize all work on A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Check out this advice from Princeton University on wholesome masculinity
  2. Read this article from Christian Lopez on Medium about What Non-Toxic Masculinity Looks Like
  3. Consider our own opinions on what makes something wholesome-masculine versus toxic-masculine.

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze how an author explains toxic masculinity by reading articles and memes, so that I can express my own feelings on what makes masculinity toxic vs. wholesome.

Activator: 

Check out this super wholesome comic of an imagined interaction between Mr. Rogers and Thor. Click the panel below to read the whole thing 🙂

Mr Rogers and Thor

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this week!

This week is your largest assignment to date! Each day we will explore a different topic related to feminism and A Doll’s House. I have made a Google Doc with 5 prompts, one for each day this week. CHOOSE ONE PROMPT and write a paragraph in response to it.

Type your response in this document!

Remember, you only need to respond to ONE prompt this week!

Today’s Topic: Toxic Masculinity

This article discusses how the toxic stereotypes are perpetuated, even in 2020. This quote sums it up:

How do men learn the rules? Starting from childhood, boys and men are often called out for behavior that doesn’t match society’s definition of manhood. It might take the form of name calling (“sissy,” “punk,” “wuss”), being told that they’re gay or “throw like a girl,” or aggression against them such as hitting, bullying, or even sexual assault.

This forces men to make a choice. Either:

  1. Go along with stereotypical male roles, even if they personally don’t agree with them; or
  2. Push back against the rules and feel like they’re “going against the grain.”

Have you ever witnessed this happening? A boy cries and is told he’s not “manly” enough, or a boy decides he’d rather paint than play football, and he’s shunned because of it?

Lopez discusses masculinity from an emotional standpoint, explaining that the shaming of men for expressing particular emotions (sadness, loneliness, etc) is what really creates toxic masculinity. He says that men should be allowed to express whatever emotion they feel, but that in our culture, very often the only “acceptable” emotion for men is anger. Do you agree or disagree with this?

  • Consider our own opinions on what makes something wholesome-masculine versus toxic-masculine.

Closing Session: 

We’re going back to the memes for our closer today! Check out this one:

Wholesome Masculinity

Take a minute to consider these nontoxic, yet very masculine qualities, like being honorable, dependable, or honest. Then, because we all need de-stress a little, go watch Bob Ross paint something on YouTube 🙂

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Check out this flowchart that determines if it’s mansplaining or not
  2. Look over this 2008 essay by Rebecca Solnit, “Men Explain Things To Me”
  3. Read through this gif-heavy list of 6 Subtle Forms of Mansplaining from Bustle

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 11

Goals for the Week:

  1. Write a response to a prompt analyzing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
  3. Finalize all work on A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read and consider this article from Time about feminism in movies
  2. Understand and explore the Bechdel Test
  3. Find a movie that passes the Bechdel test to watch this week 🙂

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL7 Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums (e.g., Auden’s poem “Musée de Beaux Arts” and Breughel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus), including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze the representation of women in plays and movies by reading an article and watching movie clips, so that I can understand how female characters have changed over the years.

Activator: 

Check out these two Disney Princess videos. The first is Ariel, singing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid:

And the second is Elsa, singing “Show Yourself” from Frozen II:

Consider the differences in these two songs. Both are sung by princesses. How is “Show Yourself,” the much more modern song, more empowering for Elsa than “Part of Your World” is for Ariel? What does this say about how Disney Princesses have changed over the past 30 years?

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this week!

This week is your largest assignment to date! Each day we will explore a different topic related to feminism and A Doll’s House. I have made a Google Doc with 5 prompts, one for each day this week. CHOOSE ONE PROMPT and write a paragraph in response to it.

Type your response in this document!

Remember, you only need to respond to ONE prompt this week!

Today’s Topic: Feminism in Movies!

Today we’re talking about feminism and women’s representation in movies! After our opening and considering the evolution of princesses from 1989 to 2019, let’s continue to dig into movies and women.

This article talks specifically about Elsa’s wardrobe in Frozen II – she wears pants! Although Jasmine did wear pants in Aladdin, this is the first time a princess’s outfit has been more about practicality than prettiness. However, the article wonders if Frozen II (and many other current movies) go far enough to advance feminism. Consider your own thoughts – for example, do you appreciate the treatment of women in Avengers: Endgame or did it seem trite and contrived?

The Bechdel test is so simple that you’d think almost every movie would pass it: The movie must (1) contain two named female characters, (2) who have a conversation, (3) about something other than a man. Despite the simplicity, only about 60% of movies pass the test. Take some time to explore the website, look up some of your favorite movies, and see if they pass the test. If they do pass, how well do they pass? One of my favorite movies is Black Panther, and it only kinda barely passes with a 30-second scene that seems shoehorned in.

After you’ve taken some time to explore the movies, choose one and watch it this week 🙂

Closing Session: 

For our closing session today, I want you to go out and find a movie that passes the Bechdel test and sit down to watch it! You don’t have to watch it today if you’re busy, but put it on your calendar for this week. You should be able to find one on whatever streaming service you have access to (might I recommend Captain Marvel on Disney+?). Look for the scene that makes the movie pass the test – is it one small scene, or are there many conversations between women about something other than a man?

Also, if you’re more of a YouTube type person, check out this video series by Innuendo Studios called “Bringing Back What’s Stolen.” This is the introduction video – it’s a whole series of episodes about women in movies, using Mad Max: Fury Road as its basis. Enjoy!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Check out this advice from Princeton University on wholesome masculinity
  2. Read this article from Christian Lopez on Medium about What Non-Toxic Masculinity Looks Like
  3. Consider our own opinions on what makes something wholesome-masculine versus toxic-masculine.

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 10

Don’t forget! Zoom meeting TODAY at 10am! I will send the link in Remind at 9:45!

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Attend the virtual class meeting on Zoom if you are able.
  2. Find a way to collaborate with your teacher or classmates – comment on the blog, on YouTube, etc.
  3. Send your “I Need Feminism Because” photo to your teacher, and check your feedback from last week’s assignment 🙂

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10SL1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions(one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: 

I can collaborate in a discussion with my teacher or classmates by attending a virtual session (or using another option) so that I can understand my classmates’ ideas as well as my own.

Activator: 

Check out this Gillette commercial, “The Best a Man Can Be.” This was very controversial when it came out! Share your thoughts here, on YouTube, or in our Zoom session today!

Work Session: 

Good morning, everyone! I hope you’re able to read this on Friday morning, because we have our virtual meeting on Zoom at 10am! I will send the link via Remind at 9:45 – look for it there and join us!

If you cannot attend our virtual meeting, your job is to find some alternative way of collaborating with your teacher or classmates. Here are some ideas:

  • Comment here on the blog or on one of my YouTube videos
  • Host your own Zoom session with a classmate.
  • Start a group chat with several classmates to discuss feminism or the play.
  • Make a shared Google Doc with some of your classmates. Type your ideas there.

…or you can think of your own! Let’s just try and keep some kind of semblance of reality in this weird, new world 🙂

Closing Session: 

Don’t forget to send your teacher your “I need feminism because” sign selfie! Just make a sign that completes the sentence “I need feminism because…” and take a selfie of you holding it, and send it to your teacher. I will compile them into a video for us! This is your one and only assignment this week, so if you haven’t already done it, please do it now!

Looking Ahead: Next Week’s Goals and Tomorrow’s Checklist

These are our goals for next week!

  1. Write a response to a prompt analyzing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
  3. Finalize all work on A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing on Monday!

  1. Read and consider this article from Time about feminism in movies
  2. Understand and explore the Bechdel Test
  3. Find a movie that passes the Bechdel test to watch this week 🙂

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 9

Don’t forget! Zoom meeting TOMORROW at 10am! I will send the link in Remind at 9:45!

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times
  2. Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load” (If that link isn’t working, read this article on Mental Load instead)
  3. Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze how an author develops a central idea by reading three articles so that I can consider my own opinions on feminism and toxic masculinity.

Activator: 

So, we’ve talked a lot about feminism over the last week, but today I’m bringing in a new term that you might be unfamiliar with: Toxic Masculinity. Check out this video that explains what it means!

Work Session: 

Today we’re going to be reading some articles on feminism in the modern day! I would like for you to read, consider, and discuss these articles with your family. Ready? Here we go!

Article 1: Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times

  • Questions to consider: 
    • Did you know what toxic masculinity was before reading this article?
    • Have you, or a boy you know of, ever been told “boys don’t cry” or “man up”? What message do you think that sends to little kids?
    • What’s the difference in “toxic masculinity” and someone just being traditionally masculine

Article 2: Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load” (If that link isn’t working, read this article on Mental Load instead)

  • Questions to consider: 
    • Have you ever noticed this disproportionate work balance at home? If you stay with your mom and your dad, which parent would you ask if you needed to know information like when something is scheduled or if there’s snacks in the cabinet?
    • Have you ever felt this work balance on yourself? Are you (or your sisters, or girls you know) expected to know how to get dinner on the table, while boys are just expected to be ready to eat on time?
    • If you haven’t noticed this, why do you think that is? If you have noticed this, do you think it’s OK?

Article 3: Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work

  • Questions to consider:
    • How are chores divided in your house? It’s okay if your mom usually handles laundry and your dad usually handles yardwork, but why do you think that is the “norm”?
    • This article talks a little about same-sex couples. How do you think that changes the household work balance?
    • What do you think about roommates? Many of you will go off to college in a couple years and live with roommates for the first time. How do you expect the chores to be divided up? If your parents or older family members have ever had roommates, how did they divide the chores?

After reading and thinking about these questions, I want you to take the discussion to your family or whomever you’re quarantined with. Ask them the questions, show off the articles, and listen to what they have to say! You might find some differing opinions from your own, and that’s okay!

Closing Session: 

Remember, tomorrow we have our Zoom meeting at 10am – I hope you can attend! We’re going to be talking about how feminism in 2020 relates to A Doll’s House. Consider how the play is still relevant today and lessons of feminism we can learn from it. Have some thoughts ready for tomorrow’s Zoom meeting at 10am!!

I’ll send the link to the meeting out tomorrow at 9:45. Remember to get the Zoom client downloaded and ready!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Attend the virtual class meeting on Zoom if you are able.
  2. Find a way to collaborate with your teacher or classmates – comment on the blog, on YouTube, etc.
  3. Send your “I Need Feminism Because” photo to your teacher, and check your feedback from last week’s assignment 🙂

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 8

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read the second half of act III of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (from when Dr. Rank leaves to the end of the play)
  2. Consider Torvald’s reaction to Krogstad’s letters.
    • How did he react after reading the first letter? How did his behavior change after reading the second letter?
  3. Consider Nora’s actions at the end of the play.
    • What did Nora do at the end of the play? What choice did she make? Do you think she made the right decision?

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze a particular cultural experience by reading A Doll’s House so that I can understand why Nora’s actions at the end of the play were radical.

Activator: 

Take a look at this scene from the very end of A Doll’s House. This isn’t the very very end, but it is close to it – listen closely to Nora when she talks about her most important duties in life:

Work Session: 

Today we finish reading Act III of A Doll’s House. We will start when

  • Here is my annotated copy of the text. You can add your own comments on Google Docs!
  • Here is the full text of the play  – use this if Google Docs gives you trouble.
  • Here is the full audiobook, if you would rather listen to it. That link should take you directly to where today’s reading starts 🙂

While you read, consider our checklist questions for the day:

  1. Consider Torvald’s reaction to Krogstad’s letters.
    • How did he react after reading the first letter? How did his behavior change after reading the second letter?
  2. Consider Nora’s actions at the end of the play.
    • What did Nora do at the end of the play? What choice did she make? Do you think she made the right decision?

And that’s it! You’ve read the entire play!!! Congratulations!

Closing Session: 

Every time we read a book, you guys are always all like “Can’t we just watch the mooooovieeeeeeeee????” and usually I say no, we’re reading this, and the movie is awful anyway. But in this case, A Doll’s House is a play, and plays are meant to be watched! So here it is!

You’re not required to watch the whole thing, but let’s face it, we’re all bored out of our skulls at this point, right? Watch whatever parts you need to get a better understanding of the play.

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times
  2. Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load”
  3. Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work