Teaching irony with short stories (and one drama), including the following:
“The Story of an Hour” – Kate Chopin
“Trifles” – Susan Glaspell (one act play)
“The Blue Hotel” – Stephen Crane
“The Ransom of Red Chief” – O. Henry
“The Interlopers” - Saki
The following ELA Common Core Standards are addressed:
1. RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
2. RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
3. RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone)
4. RL.9-10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Also of interest:
Understanding Retro Talk The History of the English Language
History of the English Language for Kids
Teaching Irony with Short Stories
Avoiding Usage Problems
Teaching Exaggeration and Understatement Mark Twain
Proverb Game for Fun PowerPoint
The History of Veterans Day for Kids
The Flag on Iwo Jima
The Flag on Iwo Jima PowerPoint Presentation
The Story of the Grand Canyon Powerpoint
The Story of the Rio Grande for Kids
All about Route 66 for Kids
The Moon Landing for Kids
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