Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs provides the lens class members use to analyze and evaluate the motivations of the characters in Sylvia Plath's "Initiation" and scenes from Mean Girls. Readers then select a character from A Separate Peace, and chart the growth and change in that character who either does or does not follow Maslow's ideas.
- Have the group that researched the psychological approach to literary criticism share their findings with the class
- The fifth lesson in a series of nine, designed for a gifted and talented English language arts class, that uses A Separate Peace as the anchor text
- The lesson presumes class members have an understanding of direct and indirect characterization as well as internal and external conflict
- The six-page resource includes the lesson, a link to background reading of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and directions for the culminating presentation