"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
Lesson plans

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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.

Lesson plans

Exploring Irony in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
Students will reach their own understanding of the purpose of irony in literature through an in-class guided reading and a discussion lead by the teacher. Students will then participate in a partner activity to highlight specific examples of irony from the text; these examples will serve as a guide for a persuasive essay analyzing the end of the story. Seven pages; Adobe Reader required.

How Ironic!
This lesson uses "The Story of an Hour" to teach irony.

Making a Scene
This graphic organizer suggests another dimension to the story.

Reading and Discussion Questions on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"
10 questions.

"The Story of an Hour"
Text of the story with embedded questions to support close reading.

"The Story of an Hour"
Study questions.

"The Story of an Hour"
How might students use storyboards to demonstrate and to extend their learning? Check the resources here. Students work with character analysis, plot diagram, and irony. Note: Storyboard That helps sponsor this site.

"The Story of an Hour"
Text of the story. Follow the link at the bottom to a hypertext version with questions that lead students to thoughtful consideration of issues.

"The Story of an Hour"
Text of the story in numbered paragraphs and a thorough lesson plan with discussion questions, graphic organizers, and writing prompt. Adobe Reader required.

"The Story of an Hour" vocabulary
Words are presented in context and with definitions. Click on a word for pronunciation, synonyms, examples of use, more.

Teaching "The Story of an Hour"
Summary, lesson ideas including writing, and a 10-question quiz with answers.