Teacher Guide

Middlesex Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Middlesex is a stunning and adult novel, melding traditional mythology and classic stories of the immigrant experience with modern discussions of intersexuality. There is a lot of ground to cover in this story, and students should be encouraged to try to weave together the complex threads provided to them by Eugenides.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays. For the sake of improving the power of expression, teachers should encourage students to write on topics that have been discussed in class, this time in the more formal writing style expected in a literary essay. At the same time, students should not...

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