The Yellow Wallpaper Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students infer the author's position on traditional female roles and identify conflicts as they read the 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, students will be able to:

  • Make inferences about the author's purpose and central message
  • Identify conflicts and analyze how they drive the plot


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


  • atrocious
  • congenial
  • debase
  • derision
  • felicity
  • flamboyant
  • florid
  • gouge
  • hedge
  • hereditary
  • impertinence
  • loll
  • lurid
  • patent
  • prescription
  • querulous
  • riotous
  • secure
  • skulk
  • tonic
  • undulate


  • copies of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one per student
  • paper
  • sticky notes
  • pens
  • chart paper
  • copies of the printable quiz worksheet, one per student

Lesson Instructions: Reading & Discussion

  • Watch the video lesson Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper: Summary and Analysis as a class, discussing as you read:
    • What elements of the social climate inspired 'The Yellow Wallpaper?'
    • What personal experiences was this short story based off?
    • What is the setting for this story?
    • How does the narrator feel about the doctor's recommendations?
    • What does the narrator see in the wallpaper pattern?
    • What insight does the narrator's journal entries provide?
    • What happens to the narrator during her prescribed 'rest cure?'
    • What message is the author sending through this story?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable quiz worksheet to assess their understanding of the poem.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Inferring the Author's Point of View

Materials: copies of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, paper, pens

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