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by Susan Glaspell

1917

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell.

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, journalist, and pioneering feminist writer. Her short story “A Jury of Her Peers” is an adaptation of her one-act play Trifles: when a local man is mysteriously murdered, the men investigating assume that little can be learned from listening to their wives.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Community, Men & Women, and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How do we define the roles of men and women?", "What are the effects of prejudice?", and "What is the importance of community?"

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