Lesson Plan

The Lottery

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Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" provides middle schoolers with an opportunity to hone their close reading and literary analysis skills. After annotating their copy of the story, writer's craft an essay in which they analyze how Jackson's word choices impact the tone of the tale.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct a class lottery in which the winner can eliminate their lowest homework grade, and then asks the pupils to evaluate the mood of the class as they wait to find the results
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructors must provide copies of or links to the short story
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  • The mini-tasks scaffold for the writing assignment
  • Includes an extension exercise
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