This is a 104 page lesson plan for The Awakening written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Through The Awakening’s protagonist, Edna Pontellier, Chopin creates a compelling portrait of a young wife and mother who, unlike her contemporaries, does not love being a wife and mother. In fact, she gradually comes to resent it. Sensitive, intelligent, and artistic, Edna craves the freedom to make her own decisions about her behavior, her activities, and her friends and associates. Her desires remain latent, however, until one summer when her growing attraction for a young man, Robert Lebrun, furthers in her a process of “awakening,” physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a journey, once begun, from which Edna cannot return and which ends in the novel’s dramatic conclusion."