Category Archives: The Separate Paths: Men & Women

The Separate Paths: Men & Women



“Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

Rich, Adrienne. Diving into the Wreck; Poems, 1971-1972. New York: Norton, 1973. Print.

In the poem, Diving into the Wreck,” Adrienne Rich illustrates a feminist perspective through the experience of the speaker, a diver. The speakers experience of diving into the sea, described as the setting, is a metaphor of a woman’s experience in the wreck, the United States in the seventies. The diver compares her experience to a man’s and explains her search for identity. Rich uses poetic devices to create a beautiful poem of a woman questioning gender and identity.


Before reading “Diving into the Wreck,” students should be introduced to the following poetic terms:

Diction, Alliteration, Consonance, Assonance, Line Breaks, End-stopped, Enjambment, Caesura,  Figures of Speech, Simile, Metaphor, Synecdoche, Onomatopoeia, and Personification. 

Also before reading, students must be provided with an introduction of a feminism and gender stereotypes.

While reading, students should highlights the moments in “Diving into the Wreck,” where the poetic devices are used.

After reading, students should discuss how the poetic devices enrich the essential question of gender and identity.

Idea for Assessment:

Write and Perform a Personal Poem

1. Write a poem about about yourself, or a fictional character, searching for identity.

2. This poem must question gender stereotypes.

3. Use at least three poetic devices while writing.

4. Create handmade or digital images that bring your poem to life.

5. Prepare to read your poem out loud to the class.

6. Hand in one page explaining the poetic devices used and why you used them.



The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders. New York: Viking, 1967. Print.

The Outsiders is a narrative about a group of young men that illustrate conflict in gender and class in the 1950s. The protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis is a part of a group of young men called the ‘greasers’ and experiences dangerous situations rivalrying against the Socs, a group of young men from the upper-class. Although The Outsiders portrays the issue of class separation, gender stereotypes are evident as well. Both groups of young men are associated with violence. Also, the interactions between the young women and interactions between young men are very different. The way each gender is stereotyped can be identified in the personalities of the young men and young women characters.

According to Lexile, The Outsiders reading level ranges from ages 12- 16.





While reading The Outsiders, students can compare and contrast gender roles by analyzing dialogue. How does each character speak? Students must choose an interaction between a female character and a male character.

The essential question:

How is the character’s voice described and what is the author saying about gender stereotype?

After reading, students could write a compare and contrast essay explaining gender stereotypes between a female and male character.

An idea for assessment: Compare and Contrast Essay

Compare and contrast a male and female character from The Outsiders. Explain S.E. Hinton’s commentary on gender stereotypes based on the characters’ personality traits and actions.