“Cookie Jar” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
Barrett (Rhett) Alderson’s thirteen-year-old great-grandson, Dale, has come to visit him at the Good Life Retirement Home where Rhett lives to interview him for a school project. Instead of telling Dale what life was like when Rhett was thirteen—the topic for the interview—Rhett tells him about his mother who had committed suicide after suffering from mental illness for many years when he was eleven and her cookie jar which he inherited. After her death, Rhett and his brother Jack discover it is no ordinary cookie jar. (StephenKing.com)
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the form of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.