The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin with Nonfiction Text

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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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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.

In addition to the printable lesson, this resource is ready to be used with students in Google Classroom for distance learning with the TpT Digital Layer Tool!

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.

The 23-page file includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Anchor Standards
  • handouts with anticipation guide, vocabulary activity, annotation graphic organizer, and post-reading questions
  • “The Story of an Hour" text
  • Washington Post article
  • “To the Ladies” text
  • think-aloud with annotation example
  • pre-writing Venn diagram
  • essay prompt
  • short literary analysis essay rubric
  • key providing detailed responses and sample essay

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My Bondage and My Freedom & New York Times Article

Walden & Tiny House Article

Midsummer Night's Dream & New York Times Article

Paired Texts - Preamble, Bill or Rights and Speech by RBG

Paired Texts - Theme for English B and We Are Many

Close Reading Paired Passages Bundle

Paired Texts - Naming Myself & My Name

Paired Texts - Myths

Paired Texts - Speech to the Second Virginia Convention and The War Prayer

Paired Texts - My Last Duchess and To My Dear & Loving Husband

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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