The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School

The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
The Story of an Hour: Short Story Analysis for Middle School and High School
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So, what we have created for you are presentation and analysis pages for the short story “ The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. We know, we’re excited about it, too! We use this presentation and amazing analysis sheets to monitor our students’ understanding of the various elements of fiction and literary devices. We also use these analysis sheets to monitor reading comprehension when our classes are reading literary texts.

The presentation details:

  • Irony
  • Symbolism
  • Theme

The first part of the presentation provides explicit instruction on the two types of irony found within the pages of the text.

After closely reading the story, students are then provided with analysis sheets that ask students to practice analyzing:

  • character
  • figurative language
  • plot
  • conflict
  • theme
  • irony

Lastly, the analysis sheets have students practice utilizing reading strategies such as: making connections

  • questioning
  • visualizing
  • predicting
  • inferring

This lesson also provides opportunities to examine symbolism and theme in small groups and practice their presentation skills.

Symbolism - students are put into groups to analyze the symbolism in the story with guided steps to deepen understanding. We have our students create pictures to complement their writing. We also have the groups present their analysis to the class. There is a background image ready for each group in this unit.

Theme Essays: Students are then put into different small groups to analyze the themes of the story. Each group gets a particular theme. The groups write an essay together using google docs. If there is time, we have students present their ideas to the class. There is another background image ready for each group in this TpT unit. A micro-progression writing rubric is also provided for students to improve their writing at different levels.

We hope that you and your students enjoy reading and analyzing “The Story of an Hour.” Drop us a line if you have any questions, comments, or concerns teachingdistillery@gmail.com. Be sure to check out our blog for other cool ideas: https://www.theteachingdistillery.com

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Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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