Lesson Plan

"The Story of an Hour" Lesson 2: Teacher's Guide and Notes

After reading background information about Kate Chopin, pupils complete their shared reading of her short story, "The Story of an Hour."  Participants then consider the irony of the ending.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson to introduce learners to the concept of irony
  • Have class members find or draw a picture they feel represents irony
  • Extend the lesson by asking class members to adopt the point of view of one of the other characters and offer an explanation for why they think Mrs. Mallard dies
Classroom Considerations
  • Second of six lessons in "The Story of an Hour" unit
  • Requires projection equipment for the PowerPoint and copies of the character charts
  • The lesson is carefully scaffolded to ensure success for all readers, including ELLs
  • A link to an overview of all the lessons in the unit is provided in the Included Materials
  • None