Although half the book centers on Elaine in prison, Apartment 13B becomes another type of prison. With your class, recreate Apartment 13B to the best of your abilities. Imagine living at a place like that. How would it make you feel? Would it affect other areas of your life?
Elaine goes into prison in 1983 and is released in 2000. In many ways, the world is a different place. Pick one aspect of daily life that has undergone significant change since the 1980s.
Elaine undergoes "cuff therapy" when she is uncooperative with a parole officer. Sit in a chair in your classroom with your hands behind your back. How long can you hold this position? Ten minutes? Twenty?
The World of Elaine Bartlett
Bring in a newspaper clip that reminds you of Elaine Bartlett's situation. Be prepared to present your reasoning for choosing a...
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