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” to make relevant connections. 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 that matches a theme from the story. This engages students by giving them choices in their texts. An example is provided using the poem “To the Ladies” by Lady Mary Chudleigh. Finally, students 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 standardized assessment.
Not only does this lesson create real-world connections, making learning relevant for your students, but also it 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. Examining these texts would also be a meaningful way to acknowledge Valentine's Day or Women's History Month. Additionally, this lesson can be used as an emergency substitute lesson.
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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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