The purpose of this unit is to bring alive The Awakening by Kate Chopin through technology. This unit is designed for a tenth grade English class. Set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana coast, this nineteenth century novel follows protagonist Edna Pontellier as she discovers her individuality and sexuality. Through the use of personal blogs, character charts, and many other online resources, students will follow Edna's journey of increasing self awareness. We will also explore the themes and characters of the novel in depth.
- Students will be able to identify and interpret the major themes and symbols of the novel
- Students will engage in meaningful discussions with their peers in class and online
- Students will publish and update a personal blog
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of character development as well as complex character relationships
- At the end of the unit, students will be able to write a research paper on any element of the novel they choose (symbolism, character development, etc.) citing textual evidence
California Content Standards
Reading Standards for Literature 9-10:
1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
3. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Writing Standards 9-10:
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Speaking and Listening Standards 9-10
1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.