“Introducing Kate Chopin” is a informational reading and writing assignment unit for high school students. It is best used before students read Chopin’s works if they are studying them but it is not necessary for students to read any of her writings - the resource stands as a biographical unit on its own.
The first text covers Chopin’s life as a child and young woman and mentions the death of her husband, leaving her a young widow with six children. The second passage is about her early years as a writer up to the publication of At Fault. The third passage concentrates on her subsequent career as a writer, her lack of readership after the publication of The Awakening and her death at a relatively young age. All three of the biographical passages have questions (comprehension and opinion-generating) on the right side of the page - the texts and the accompanying questions can therefore be used in class as bellringer activities. Each one also has a “Language Use” activity and/or a short writing assignment.
The unit also includes a vocabulary quiz. There are eight statements about Chopin based on information found in the passages. Students are asked to replace the underlined word from a choice of four - the correct answer has the same meaning as the underlined word and importantly, the correct choice word appears in one of the texts (the first 3 words are from the first passage, then 2 from the second passage, and the last three are found in the last passage).
An answer key is included.