Anton Chekhov’s The Bet & Twilight Zone’s The Silence, PDF & Google Drive CCSS

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Resource Type
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  • Google Apps™
9-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (all uneditable)
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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?

Click here for a budget-priced four-week unit featuring nine classic short stories.

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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Image credits:

• Rod Serling – CBS Television via the Bureau of Industrial Service, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain

• Anton Chekhov – Green-Baldrick, WikiMedia Commons, Public domain

Total Pages
9-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (all uneditable)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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.
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.
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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