Empower your students to become media critics as they examine two versions of Kate Chopin’s compelling short story, “Désirée’s Baby.” By using a close reading of Chopin’s original text and a modern retelling of the story from the popular Fictional podcast, students will be equipped to meet the complex requirements of CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
This PDF download includes a full-text copy of the public domain story, a link to an audio version of an actor reading “Desiree’s Baby,” a 10-question short answer question sheet (with detailed answer key, of course), and a link to the 29-minute podcast. Google Drive versions of the story and question sheet are also included.
Download includes: 7-page PDF + Google Drive version of student handouts (uneditable)
Want to expand this lesson? Help students learn more about author Kate Chopin’s life and literary works with this student-led author biography research activity.
Please note: This item is included in my Short Story Unit Plan for Older Teens. To avoid a double-purchase, please do not buy the item on this page if you also intend to buy the budget-priced short story bundle.
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