Objective: When Rukmani's parents arrange her marriage to Nathan, her mother is upset because Nathan is "beneath" Rukmani. Their social classes are not the same. While the social class system is not formally structured in the United States as it is in Rukmani's India, there are definite social classes in the United States today. The object of this Lesson Plan is to have the students critically think about the social class system that is prevalent in our society, as well as the more structured social class system in place in many other parts of the world.
1. Task: Break into small groups and create a list ranking the social classes that you notice in your community. Why do some groups outrank the others?
2. Task: Rukmani's mother is upset that Nathan is "beneath" Rukmani in social class. However, Nathan proves to be a kind, caring man. Break into small...
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