Dear honored guest,

You _________ are cordially invited to a literary panel on “Gender in the West.” Please prepare a brief introduction (1 - 1 ½ minutes) that includes 1-2 pieces of evidence from your text that deepen our understanding of your gender and any other context about your world that we might need to understand you.


On the note card enclosed, please RSVP with one question for your fellow panelists that you would like to discuss at the panel.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Your most esteemed moderators,

Josh & Caroline


Gender in the West Role-Play Lesson

HMI Literary Gender Panel:

  • 5 minutes for writing warm-up
  • 5 minutes to deliberate in your pair and combine your introductions

To students: You have all traveled through time, and some back from the dead, to be here today to discuss “Gender in the West.” We will start this panel with brief opening statements, please state who you are and your gender identity.

  • 20 - 25 minutes of the panel (~ 6 of these minutes will be introductions)


  • Josh Alford
  • Caroline Santinelli

Ranch Girl:

  • Ranch Girl
  • Carla
  • Andy

Brokeback Mountain:

  • Ennis
  • Alma

Walking Woman:

  • Walking Woman


Use evidence from the text to explain.

Now that we know each other, how are your experiences in the west different? How are they the same?

Does your natural world influence your gender? How so?

Do you think your made the right decision in the end? What influenced your choice?

  • 10 minutes to debrief and discuss anything we didn’t get to in the panel