ALEX Learning Activity


Love and Marriage? Anticipating Gender Roles in Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Ashley Lucier
System:Autauga County
School:Marbury Middle School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2414
Love and Marriage? Anticipating Gender Roles in Kate Chopin's Story of an Hour
Digital Tool/Resource:
Anticipation Statements
Web Address – URL:

In this anticipation activity, students will either agree or disagree with statements related to the themes of Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour." This provides an opportunity for a strong discussion regarding the themes of Chopin's work in general, but specifically with this short story. 

This resource was created as a part of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 11
29 ) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 11 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.11-12.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. [SL.11-12.1a]

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. [SL.11-12.1b]

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. [SL.11-12.1c]

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task. [SL.11-12.1d]

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will be able to contribute relevant observations and ideas to a whole group discussion. 

2. Students will be able to recognize and respond thoughtfully to new information expressed by others. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

1. The teacher will print out the Anticipation Statements and post them in an area in the classroom.

2. Students will mark either a green checkmark or a red "X" on each statement indicating that they either agree or disagree with the statement. The teacher can allow students to participate individually or as a group. 

3. Once all the students are finished, the instructor will facilitate a discussion on their responses. 

4. After students have explained their choices, the instructor should use these responses to elicit an overall theme that connects the statements and review how this theme may differ in modern times versus the late 19th century. 

5. Students discuss as a whole group the themes and their relevance to modern times. 

Assessment Strategies:

The instructor can assess students' abilities to discuss the relevance of the themes of each statement by recording the number of times a student participated, the relevance of each comment, and their evaluation of others' statements. 

Advanced Preparation:

1. The instructor should print the anticipation statements and tape them to a wall or whiteboard with sufficient space for students to read them and interact. 

2. Provide several red and green markers for students to indicate whether they agree or disagree with the statements. 

Variation Tips (optional):

As an extension, students can read the short story, "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. After reading "Story of an Hour", students can complete an exit slip referring back to the themes discussed in the Anticipation Activity. Instructors can grade these exit slips for accuracy of the students' abilities to connect the themes discussed with the text read. 

Instead of discussing in whole group, students can turn and talk with a partner and determine a theme on their own to share. 


Notes or Recommendations (optional):

This anticipation activity is meant to be used before reading Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour," although it would work well with many of her other stories or The Awakening. 

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: anticipation activity, discussion, Kate Chopin, Story of an Hour