In “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, published in 1956, some important themes emerge, including those of Poverty, Gender, Power, Language and Communication. Sherman Alexie’s “Why Chicken Means So Much to Me,” published in 2007 (over 50 years later), explores similar themes of Poverty, Gender, Power, Language and Communication. Pick ONE of these themes and provide brief summaries of BOTH stories that make clear the presence of that one theme in each. – (MO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Instructions: Using “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen and “Why Chicken Means So Much to Me” by Sherman Alexie, determine a shared theme or central idea (this builds on the idea of understanding thesis statements) of the two texts and briefly summarize the two stories in a way that makes this theme clear.
Make sure to always use evidence from the text (quotes of support) to find the theme or central idea of the readings. MLA citation guidelines should be used to cite quotes