Story of an Hour

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Kate Chopin's oft anthologized "Story of an Hour" offers readers an opportunity to practice close reading skills and to use specific evidence from a text to support an analysis. The story also opens the discussion of a writer's use of irony to encourage social reform.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as part of a study of the Victorian period and the role of women during that time
Classroom Considerations

  • The exercise assumes that readers have previously studied irony as a literary device

  • Paragraphs are numbered to permit easy reference
  • The six-page packet includes text-based and discussion questions, as well as suggestions for related stories

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