by Bruce Bower


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 "Stereotypes Might Make 'Female' Hurricanes Deadlier" by Bruce Bower.

Hurricanes are named in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names. In this 2014 study, researchers found that due to gender stereotypes, people might be perceiving hurricanes with female names as less dangerous, resulting in higher fatality rates.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of 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?" and "What are the effects of prejudice?"

Ways to support your child: