Students make relevant connections to classic texts with this lesson. Students complete close readings of two texts: Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and The Washington Post article, “Study Suggests You Can Die of a Broken Heart.” Besides teaching meaningful content, these texts could also work well for Valentine's Day or Women's History Month.
Students begin by completing an anticipation guide with statements about love and marriage. A handout with before, during, and post-reading strategies provides scaffolding for their reading, and the lesson culminates with an assignment requiring students to find a love song or poem which matches a theme from the story.
This engages students by giving them choices in their texts. An example is provided with the poem, “To the Ladies,” by Lady Mary Chudleigh. Finally, they are assigned an essay in which they defend their selection with text based evidence. The on-demand writing task has been developed to imitate a PARCC prototype.
Not only does this lesson make real world connections to making learning relevant for your students, but it also meets expectations of the Common Core Curriculum by employing nonfiction text. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards.
The 23 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Anchor Standards,
Handouts with anticipation guide, vocabulary activity, annotation graphic organizer, and post-reading questions,
“The Story of an Hour" text
Washington Post article
“To the Ladies” text
Think Aloud with Annotation Example
Pre-Writing Venn Diagram,
Short Literary Analysis Essay Rubric
Key providing detailed responses and sample essay.
This lesson also can be used as an emergency substitute lesson. If you like this lesson, you may also find my other Nonfiction Connection Lessons or my Paired Passages Writing Task Lessons useful for your classroom.
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