Lesson Plan

Freedom And Restraint: Elements Of Fiction

Kate Chopin's short story, "The Story of an Hour" and John H. Young's "Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society" offer high school juniors an opportunity to compare the role of women in the 19th century with the roles of women today. Learners also use a graphic organizer to chart the structure of Chopin's story, then craft a tweet that details what they believe is the theme of "The Story of an Hour."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce the short story by reminding readers that they may presume that Louise Mallard would have been subject to the restraints outlined in Young's article
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of the two texts, handouts, and a projection device for the PowerPoint
  • The Lion King is used as an example to show the plot structure of a short story
  • Some learners may need additional scaffolding to make the connection between the ideas of freedom and restraint, the structure of a short story, and how to determine the theme of a story
Common Core