Lesson plans for Trifles, "A Jury of Her Peers"
PAL: Susan Glaspell
Primary works, selected bibliography, study questions.
The Hossack Murder
Background information and a series of newspaper articles Susan Glaspell wrote about the murder of John Hossack and the trial of Margaret Hossack, his wife. This incident became the basis for her play Trifles and subsequent short story, "A Jury of her Peers." (Nonfiction/informational text.)
Susan Glaspell: Classroom Issues and Strategies
Suggestions for approaches to the play, including thematic, historical, and structural.
Susan Glaspell Trifles
Biography, e-text with explanatory hyperlinks, bibliography.
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
A list of resources for teaching the play, including vocabulary, reading segments, and idioms. These resources were designed for English Language Learners but may prove useful for native speakers, as well.
"A Jury of her Peers"
Text of the short story.
What makes a good short story?
Using "A Jury of her Peers" as a case study, students explore elements of plot, point of view, character, setting, and theme. The text of the story is available at the site.