Student engagement and the Common Core

Middle school teachers in Albuquerque, New Mexico discuss ways to engage their students in a lesson about irony focused on Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.”

Teacher: Ida Demos, Martha Dreskin, Lynne Harper, Deborah Mathen, Maria Padilla-Enyart
Grade: Grade 8
School Name: Harrison Middle School, Van Buren Middle School, Kennedy Middle School, Los Ranchos Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School

'The Story of an Hour': Student engagement and the Common Core

8th-grade teachers discuss ways to engage ELLs in a lesson about irony based on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour."

Standards

Grade 4: Language Arts Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (6-12)

  • Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor. (RL 8.6)

Lesson Summary

Middle school teachers in Albuquerque, New Mexico discuss ways to engage their students in a lesson about irony focused on Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour."

Things to watch for:

  • Reflective practice within a professional learning community
  • Ideas for building student background