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When you’re teaching Anton Chekhov’s short story, “The Bet,” you must include a discussion of how Rod Serling touches on the same story elements in his Twilight Zone episode, “The Silence.” While the two stories are different, there’s enough similarities to make these two works the perfect material for a compare/contrast analysis.
This 9-page PDF download (with Google Drive versions of all student handouts) will help you lead students through a reading and viewing of the core works. The download includes a suggested lesson procedure with links to online media, a full-text copy of Chekhov’s public domain story (three pages) with links to a high-quality audio version, an 8-question short answer sheet, a compare/contrast worksheet, and a supplemental creative writing assignment. Answer keys and suggested responses are included.
Interested in more short story materials?
Please note: These materials for Anton Chekhov’s “The Bet” are not included in my short story bundle.
Want a research activity to help students learn more about the life of this fascinating doctor/playwright? Click here for an Anton Chekhov author biography activity.
Want students to know more about the intense life of soldier-turned-television writer Rod Serling? Click here for a Rod Serling biography activity.
Special thanks to teacher/friend Leticia G. who let me know about the connection between Chekhov and Serling.
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• Rod Serling – CBS Television via the Bureau of Industrial Service, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain
• Anton Chekhov – Green-Baldrick, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain