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Lesson: “Desiree’s Baby”


Author: Rachel M
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Grade Level: 11 - 12

Introduction

Dear Students, During this lesson, we will build background on, read, comprehend, and begin to analyze “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin. Background activities will include information about Creole culture and feminist criticism. Comprehension activities will include vocabulary support and enrichment. You will also be asked to identify story elements. Finally, your analysis of “Desiree’s Baby” will focus on feminist and racial themes. Best, Ms. Matthews

Goals

1. You will be able to build your background knowledge of Creole culture and literary criticism. 2. You will be able to read and comprehend “Desiree’s Baby.” 3. You will be able to write an analysis focusing on either feminist or racist themes in “Desiree’s Baby.”

Directions

-Watch video on Creole culture, and respond to video. -Read “Desiree’s Baby,” and respond. -Read about literacy criticism. -Analyze “Desiree’s Baby.”


Background Builder Background

Title: Kate Chopin's Autobiographical Information URL: http://www.katechopin.org/biography.shtml
Directions: Go to this website to learn more about Kate Chopin, the author of "Desiree's Baby."



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Activity: Creole Culture Video


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Goals

This activity will help you accomplish Goal #1: You will be able to build your background knowledge of Creole culture and feminist criticism.

Directions

Culture is the way of thinking, being, and believing within a group. Watch the video on Creole culture. Under "Journal" in the Strategy Tutor, compare and contrast the Creole culture to your own.



Activity: Story Reading


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Goals

This activity will help you accomplish Goal #2: You will be able to read and comprehend “Desiree’s Baby.”

Directions

Read "Desiree's Baby." Be sure to scroll your mouse over highlighted vocabulary words in order to find useful definitions. As you read fill out the story elements graphic organizer (paper handout) with a partner.



Activity: Learning About Feminst Literary Criticism


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Goals

This activity will help you accomplish Goal #1: You will be able to build your background knowledge of Creole culture and literary criticism.

Directions

Read the website, and complete "Question" and "Visualize" under the Strategy Tutor activities. You may also choose to do other Strategy Tutor activities.



Activity: Learning About Critical Race Theory


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Goals

This activity will help you accomplish Goal #1: You will be able to build your background knowledge of Creole culture and literary criticism.

Directions

Read the top of the entry on "Master Race." In particular, focus on the second paragraph. Complete "Question," "Visualize," and "Reflect" under the Strategy Tutor activities. You may also choose to do other Strategy Tutor activities.



Activity: Story Analysis


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Goals

This activity will help you accomplish Goal #3: You will be able to write an analysis focusing on either feminist or racist themes in “Desiree’s Baby.”

Directions

Journal about the feminist or racist themes in "Desiree's Baby." Your journal should reflect your current understanding of feminist theory or critical race theory. It should also contain support (quotes!) from the story.




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