This is a post-reading, real world application for Roald Dahl's "Lamb to the Slaughter."
Using details, characterization, and actions from the text, students will analyze the extent of Mary Maloney's guilt, acting is lawyers to research the definitions of Murder that apply to Mary Maloney's character.
Students use textual evidence from the story and their research to support their answers!
Direct and indirect characterization will need to be taught prior to this lesson. To differentiate or accommodate, create a list of legal websites that are readily available for student access. To increase the complexity, have students turn their organizer into an argumentative written claim.
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.