Kate Chopin
Lesson plans for
The Awakening, and other titles

| Chopin: Biography and Background | | The Awakening | | "Desiree's Baby" | | "A Pair of Silk Stockings" | | "The Story of an Hour" | | Other Short Stories |

Biography and Background

The Awakening 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."

Kate Chopin
Links to biography, criticism, and texts of stories.

Kate Chopin
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

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
Downloadable text, available in a variety of formats including EPUB, Kindle, and more.

The Awakening Audio book
Downloadable audio files in a variety of formats, including Ogg Vorbis, Apple iTunes, MP3, more.

The Awakening
A variety of strategies, including an Anticipation Guide, a KWHL activity, a writing task, and more.

Kate Chopin's The Awakening : 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.

Kate Chopin's The Awakening : 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.

Kate Chopin's The Awakening : Searching for Women & Identity in Chopin's The Awakening
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.

Vocabulary from The Awakening
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.

"Désirée’s Baby"

"Désirée’s Baby"
Text of the story, analysis, and an FAQ list from the Kate Chopin International Society.

Study Questions for "Désirée’s Baby"
Questions are divided by type (literal, inferential, evaluative).

"The Story of an Hour"

Click here : these lesson plans have been moved to their own page.

Other Short Stories

"After the Winter"
Text of the story in PDF and Google Docs format.

"A Pair of Silk Stockings"
Lesson plans.