AP Lit: Story of an Hour, Day 1


  • RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) Common Core State Standards English
  • RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. Common Core State Standards English
  • RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). Common Core State Standards English

Scholars will be able to identify irony in a text and critically read a short text

Warm Up
What is irony (Define three types) DefineTheme. Define POV. Define Author’s purpose.

Discuss, have you ever had anyone you know die? How did you feel about it?

Work Session
Read and Discuss The story of an Hour (Chopin) on page 32. Read through italicized text as well. Discussing metaphors and irony. Answer questions as a class:

Closing Session
Consider: What was ironic about the story?

Assessment Strategies

Mixed group pairings. Students will be able to work alone if they feel more comfortable with it.

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