For this assignment, students analyze how Shirley Jackson creates suspense in the short story "The Lottery" after reading the short story. Students may choose from suggested techniques (foreshadowing, point of view, detail selection, omissions, irony, etc.), or from their own ideas.
The assignment requires students to produce a paragraph length-response that utilizes two direct quotations. The assignment includes a detailed assignment sheet, two 30-point rubric options (one specific and one more general), and planning/process materials.
The planning and process materials include a blank outline sheet intended to guide students through the necessary components of writing a smooth, coherent paragraph. I also include a more guided paragraph template for use with students who need additional support. Finally, I include a self-check tool, where students can exchange with a peer or check their own draft for all required elements.