"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin is a great story with a surprise ending! You can easily teach inference skills, foreshadowing, characterization, and women's roles in the 1800s using this story.
"The Story of an Hour" lesson plans include:
- Step-by-step lesson plans for 3 block class periods of 75 to 90 minutes.
- Clean copy of the story "The Story of an Hour"
- Reading/Thinking Guide for "The Story of an Hour" which asks students to gather evidence, think critically, and write. It also asks for students to navigate Mrs. Mallard's changing emotions by close reading and recording of text accentuated with student-drawn emojis.
- "Love Poems . . . Maybe . . . Maybe Not!" critical thinking sheets- contains 3 poems written by women in the 1800s. These poems are about love and marriage. Students must analyze carefully to determine tone as well as similarities and differences.
- Students will write a limerick poem and a character poem during these lessons - one as a group and the other as an individual.
- Mulitple-choice 10 question quiz in 2 versions with answer keys. This quiz is not a simple reading quiz for comprehension; it requires students to not only understand the story and the characters but to also compare it to poems written about love and/or marriage by women in the 1800s. The quizzes are also included in an editable PowerPoint in case you wish to add to or make changes.
Sample quiz questions:
_____ 2. “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.” This is the last line of the story, and it demonstrates which literary device below?
A. foreshadowing B. simile C. irony D. alliteration
_____ 3. Which of the following does the author use to symbolize the awakening of Mrs. Mallard’s innermost feelings about life her husband’s death?
A. the setting outside her window which is beautiful and carefree
B. the first sentence of the story because it reveals Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition
C. the last sentence of the story which reveals Mrs. Mallard’s sudden death
D. Mrs. Mallard’s weeping as soon as she hears of her husband’s death
_____ 4. How are the poems “The Marriage Vow” and “Love and Hate” alike?
A. Both discuss their everlasting love for their relationship partners.
B. Both writers demonstrate a bitter tone towards the subject of the poem.
C. Both compare marriage to death.
D. Both writers admit to wanting a divorce but being unable to attain one due to the time period.
_____ 8. According to the majority of expectations of women in the 1800s, women should be
A. carefree B. assertive C. self-sacrificing D. confident
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