|The Awakening Vocabulary from Literature Lesson Plan
Designed to be used either as a vocabulary program or as an introduction or enhancement to literature study, Vocabulary from Literature is the best way to both improve literature study and boost vocabulary skills. Words from each chapter are identified and shown in their context.
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."
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.
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 AmericaStudents 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 drawn from chapters 1-5 and presented in context.
Questions for "Desiree's Baby"
FAQ list from the Kate Chopin International Society.
Study Questions for "Desiree's Baby"
Questions are divided by type (literal, inferential, evaluative).
This lesson uses "The Story of an Hour" to teach irony.
"The Story of an Hour"
Text of the story with embedded questions to support close reading.
"The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin
"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" Reading Interpretation Questions
Thirteen questions for analysis in worksheet format. Two pages; Adobe Reader required for access.
"The Story of an Hour" Vocabulary and Vocabulary Practice
Eight words drawn from the story. The first link is an online slide presentation with definitions; the second is a worksheet for practice. Adobe Reader required for access to the worksheet.
"After the Winter"
Text of the story in PDF and Google Docs format.
Analyzing Short Story Elements
Students analyze the short story elements of "Beyond the Bayou," with emphasis on suspense, local color, character analysis, and theme. This lesson is designed for 9th grade; Adobe Reader required for access.