Day 3

The Handmaid's Tale Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Arrangement

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion


    Students will be able to discuss the affects of power on the Commander and Offred's interactions.

    Common Core Standards:



    The Commander often seems surprised by the things that are off-limits to Offred, and perplexed by her fear of punishment. (For example, he doesn't understand why Offred is worried her room will be searched and his gifts discovered.) Students should explore Offred and the Commander's relationship and the power dynamic between them.

    As a class, make a list of all the ways in which the Commander has an advantage over Offred. For example: he is free to...

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