Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 Emergent Visions)
Chapter 1 Emergent Visions
In this chapter, author Mary Catherine Bateson discusses the way the role of women in the household has changed over the generations. The objective of this lesson is for students to discuss the "traditional" gender roles of generations past, and to discuss how those gender roles are changing in the present and the future.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of adjectives used to describe a "traditional" woman, as Bateson presents her in the text. Do you think this portrayal is historically accurate? Why or why not?
2.) Class Activity: As a class, compare/contrast Bateson's description of a "traditional" woman with her description of a "modern" woman. What is the same about these descriptions? What is different? Is there anything unexpected/surprising in this comparison?
3.) Class Debate: Would you consider Mary Catherine Bateson to be a traditional or a modern...
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