Lamb to the Slaughter - Real World Application (CCSS Aligned)

Lamb to the Slaughter - Real World Application (CCSS Aligned)
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Using direct and indirect characterization and textual evidence, students will assign a guilty of murder verdict to Mary Maloney in "Lamb to the Slaughter."

Students will act as researchers and lawyers to research the definitions of the types of murder in a particular state, applying evidence from the story to real-world definitions.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
(Using textual evidence to explain how Mary fits the definition of your murder verdict)


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.
(Discuss how Mary's guilt is shaped over the course of the text; Using specific details from your research to provide an analysis of the story).
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50 minutes
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