Exploring Gender Through Ash in the Secondary English Classroom

  • Paula Greathouse
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


Greathouse offers secondary English teachers a thematic unit that employs literature as a pedagogical tool for teaching and discussing gender and identity in a 10th grade high school classroom. Focusing on the tale of Cinderella across time periods and cultures, the chapter draws on texts as both revision and evolution by exploring and dialoging with youth about trans* and gender creative identities and gender expressions. Through the exploration of beliefs and values about gender expectations, gender norms, and those that express gender outside the cisnormative, Greathouse shows how students can gain insight into their own and others’ beings.


Gender Creative Gender Expression Gender Expectations Cinderella Secondary English Language Arts (SELA) 
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  • Paula Greathouse
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  1. 1.Tennessee Technological UniversityCookevilleUSA

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