Distance Learning Short Story The Lottery Analysis, Writing and Textual Evidence

Grade Levels
6th - 10th, Homeschool
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  1. PRINT & DIGITAL! Scare your students – and teach them to analyze great literature at the same time! This bundle includes three creepy short stories: “The Monkey’s Paw,” “The Tell-tale Heart,” and “The Lottery.” Perfect for any time of year -- a great for a sub plan.Digital and print -- ready
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PRINT AND DIGITAL. Your middle school students will be captivated by this chilling short story! Students will want to analyze characters, motive, plot, and foreshadowing. This creepy, unsettling story is great for middle school and high school students.

Reasons to love this unit:

  • print and digital versions (Google Slides and PowerPoint)
  • super creepy story is sure to engage your students!
  • includes lesson plans and teacher checklist – makes an ideal sub plan
  • provides literary analysis practice: students will analyze character, plot, motive, theme, and foreshadowing
  • fun graphic novel-style plot activity offers a creative way for students to summarize
  • ready to use – all you need is a copy of the story.

This is what you get:

  • access to print and digital versions -- Google Slides and PowerPoint
  • teacher lesson plans
  • anchor chart
  • pre-reading survey
  • author mini research activity
  • literary terms sheet
  • comprehension questions
  • comprehension quiz (self-checking and short answer)
  • vocabulary collector
  • story summary graphic organizer
  • elements of the plot chart
  • graphic novel-style form for illustrating the plot
  • character analysis
  • character motivation analysis
  • foreshadowing analysis
  • theme analysis
  • 12 additional open-ended discussion questions
  • writing prompt and graphic organizer for argumentative essay
  • graphic organizer for essay
  • evidence collector for supporting text evidence
  • essay review checklist
  • rubric
  • teacher checklists
  • complete answer key

Your students will write a literary analysis at the end of the unit!

This unit does not include a copy of the story since it is not in the public domain. However, it is widely anthologized and easy to find.

Be sure to check out the preview!

Looking for other creepy stories to engage your students? Here are two more:

"The Monkey's Paw"


"The Tell-tale Heart"

Want to give your students a turn to write their own scary stories? Here's a step-by-step journal that will help them!

Write a Scary Story (Printable)

Write a Scary Story (Digital)

This resource works well with:

26 Mini Lessons for Reading Literature

Literature Circles with any Dystopian Novel

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Total Pages
70 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
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.
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.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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