Day 5

The Handmaid's Tale Lesson Plan

Reading Assignment, Questions, Vocabulary

Students should read from the beginning of Chapter 40 to the end of the novel, including "Historical Notes on The Handmaid's Tale."

Common Core Objectives

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Note that it is perfectly fine to expand any day’s work into two days depending on the characteristics of the class, particularly if the class will engage in all of the suggested classroom exercises and activities and discuss all of the thought questions.

Content Summary for Teachers

Chapter 39

The Commander takes Offred to a hotel room, and she knows he expects her to have sex with him. She does not want to. She can't stop...

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