Teacher Guide

The Handmaid's Tale Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to analyze significant symbols and motifs in the text.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to consider the text as a work of social commentary, and connect it to current events.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to discuss the characterization of the narrator, and understand her motivations.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to explore ideas of dystopian and utopian world-building.

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