This is a two to three day step by step lesson plan (including the Common Core benchmarks that it addresses) that includes close reading questions based on the common core ELA standards. It requires the students to read "The Story of an Hour" and then walks them through the literary analysis process by asking text based questions, requiring evidence from the text. Each of the close reading questions leads the students to answer the final assessment writing prompt analyzing how the author uses literary elements to convey her purpose in writing. This lesson can also be used to model or assess the writing process. All of the directions are included.