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M&F Chapter 4 - Gender Roles

Time Frame

2 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups

Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Social & Civic Responsibility
  • Employability




Understanding gender roles, how we learn gender roles, and how they are in transition.


  • A PowerPoint projector.
  • An overhead copy of "Understanding Yourself",page 133 from the text, so students can evaluate how androgynous they are.
  • VCR to show the video clip of how the same baby is treated differently when dressed as a different sex. The video is "The Brain" from The Annenberg/CPB Collection (1-800-LEARNER)(ISBN #0-89776-596-6).
  • Copy of "A Day in the Life" from the packet to be read to the class.

    Background for Teachers

    Understanding the changes taking place in society regarding gender roles.

    Student Prior Knowledge

    It is best to have read the chapter ahead of the lesson.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students will form a more clear attitude about gender issues. Students will determine whether or not they are androgynous in their attitudes.

    Instructional Procedures


    Have students list 10 things they value about being the gender they are and ten things they value about the opposite sex. Have them compare these things and see if they are similar. Show the PowerPoint presentation. Read "A Day in the Life" and discuss. Print all lesson plans and handouts from the FHS 2400 CD.

    Assessment Plan

    Students will have completed the reading tests before coming to class. A final Exam will be given on the chapter.

    Contact using your education email address if you would like copies of the test / exam for this lesson plan. Be sure to include the Lesson Plan title in your email request.


    The Marriage & Family Experience (8th edition) by Strong

  • Created: 06/23/2005
    Updated: 02/03/2018