Teacher Guide

The Handmaid's Tale Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the themes of political control, coercion, freedom, and women's rights are likely to be of interest to many high school students. The Handmaid's Tale addresses suicide, rape, and coercion. You may want to prepare your students, in case any of them have recent traumas around these issues that might come up. These are all difficult and personal subjects, and should be treated with sensitivity.

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,...

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