Lesson plans for
The Awakening, and other titles
and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin
E-texts of The Awakening , "Beyond the Bayou," Ma'ame Pelagie , "Desiree's Baby," "A Respectable Woman," "The Kiss," "A Pair of Silk Stockings," "The Locket," and "A Reflection."
Links to biography, criticism, and texts of stories.
On this page, a brief biography. Follow the links to teaching ideas and discussion questions related to The Awakening and to archived support materials.
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
Downloadable text, available in a variety of formats including EPUB, Kindle, and more.
Downloadable audio files in a variety of formats, including Ogg Vorbis, Apple iTunes, MP3, more.
A variety of strategies, including an Anticipation Guide, a KWHL activity, a writing task, and more.
: No Choice but Under?
Lesson 1 of a series of 3, this page provides an overview to all 3 lessons. Scroll down to activities introducing students to Chopin and French Creole culture.
: Chopin, Realism, and Local Color in late 19th Century America
Students examine Realism as a literary movement and reflect on how culture and setting play an important role in a novel, especially in local color and regional literature. Lesson 2 of a series of 3, this lesson can be used by itself.
: Searching for Women & Identity in Chopin's
Students analyze Edna Pontellier's character development specifically in relation to other characters in the novella and generally in relation to women's roles in 19th century America. Lesson 3 of a series of 3, this lesson can be used by itself.
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Follow the links at the top to words from all sections of the novel. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of other use, more.
Text of the story, analysis, and an FAQ list from the Kate Chopin International Society.
Study Questions for "Désirées Baby"
Questions are divided by type (literal, inferential, evaluative).
Woman amid Men
Writing prompts for "A Pair of Silk Stockings" and "Désirées Baby."
"The Story of an Hour"
Click here : these lesson plans have been moved to their own page.
"After the Winter"
Text of the story in PDF and Google Docs format.
"A Pair of Silk Stockings"