"Gray Matter" is a short story by Stephen King, published in King's 1978 collection Night Shift. A group of older men are hanging out in a local convenience store as a storm begins to brew outside. As they discuss the weather, a young boy comes and asks to speak to the store's owner, Henry. The old men recognize the boy as Timmy Grenadine, the local drunk's son. Henry recruits a couple of the old timers to go to Richie Grenadine's apartment with a delivery of beer. On the way, Henry tells the old timers the story Timmy told him. Back in November, Timmy's father got a six pack, like he usually does, and began drinking it. One of the cans tasted funny, but Richie drank it anyway because that is what a drunk does. Over the next couple of days, Richie began to act strangely. Richie acted as though he had the flu and shunned the light...
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 forms 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