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1 The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Skills: annotation, close reading, writing a thesis

2 Annotation 1. Read the prompt: Write an essay in which you analyze how Kate Chopin, in The Story of an Hour, reveals Mrs. Mallards mental state.

3 Annotation 2. First reading: –Try to get a sense of Mrs. Mallards mental state. Does it change? How? Highlight individual word choices that contribute to our sense of her mental state. –Make marks on the text such as the following: yes you agreeX you disagree + new concept/idea! WOW ? dont understand* important –Circle and define the following as Chopin uses them in the passage. Provide a one-word synonym to each. Write the synonym in the margin. veiled intelligencedelicious repression tumultuously will (para. 14) riot

4 Close Reading 3. Second reading: –Using a second color of highlighter, mark any words that foreshadow the storys ending. 4. In the space below, describe the irony of the ending. 5. How would you define the narrative point of view of The Story of an Hour? How does it affect our interpretation of the story? 6. Address the storys ending. What is the possible meaning of the storys last line? 7. Create a chart. In the left column, you will enter at least five words or phrases that contribute to the audiences sense of Mrs. Mallards mental state. Include paragraph numbers for easy reference. In the right column, include your analysis of how those words/phrases give us an idea of her mental state. WORDS/PHRASES ANALYSIS wept… with sudden, wild abandonment Mrs. Mallard appears to be terribly upset about the death terribly upset about the death of her husband. of her husband.

5 Thesis Statement 7. Write a thesis statement in response to the prompt. This statement should include the topic (how Chopin reveals Mrs. Mallards mental state) and YOUR analysis of it. In other words, what is our sense of Mrs. Mallards mental state? What techniques (think: word choice, irony, foreshadowing) does Chopin use to reveal it? Feel free to use more than one sentence in composing your statement.

6 WLMA Read: Read: –Explicating a Passage from a Story – p. 8 –Considering the Social Contexts of a Work – p. 10-11

7 Rhetorical Triangle

8 Rhetorical Framework

9 Rhetorical Continuum What prompts the author to speak at that time? To whom is the author writing? How does the author appeal to the audience? What does the author want to happen? What does the author want the audience to believe or do? Does the author show his credibility – that he knows relevant info about the topic? Is he believable? Does the author offer a clear, reasonable central idea? Does he develop it with appropriate reasoning, examples, or details? Does the author draw on the emotions and interests of the audience so they will sympathize and buy into his central idea or argument? Word choice Sentence structure word pictures that appeal to senses Descriptive language such as metaphor, simile, personification, symbol, etc.

10 WLMA Complete: Complete: –Exercise 2 – Writing About Historical Contexts – p. 14


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