Lesson 3: “The Glass Menagerie”: Impact of Expressionism

Tennessee Williams’ classic play, The Glass Menagerie (1944), was an extension of the expressionism that came out of Europe in the early 20th century. In essence, expressionism interprets the world through the artist’s internal, subjective lens, not as an objective reflection of reality.

This lesson is one part of a three lesson unit about The Glass Menagerie. In this lesson, students explore the impact of expressionist techniques in a writing exercise to express their evolving comprehension of how they function in theatre.

Teachers may link to the full unit with Guiding Questions, College and Career Readiness standards and Background. Lesson 3 aligns with CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Guiding Questions

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Learning Objectives

Write a thesis-driven essay analyzing the impact of expressionism in the development of a theme in The Glass Menagerie.