This short story teaching unit uses “Lamb to the Slaughter” as an anchor text to cover some of the major elements of fiction. It also provides a text dependent analysis prompt and handouts to teach objective summary. Note-taking pages, literary device analysis pages, and a complete test are all included. Specifically, the following resources are included:
- A detailed plan telling you step by step how to use this resource and how to teach “Lamb to the Slaughter”
- A close reading guide for students to use as they read the story. This guide will help students with comprehension. It can be used if you read the story as a class or if students read independently.
- Note-taking page on setting accompanied with a key – Students will learn what setting includes as well as how some settings affect characters and plot and some do not
- Setting analysis activity – Students will take a look at the setting and how it affects the characters in "Lamb to the Slaughter".
- Note -taking page on the parts of plot accompanied with a key
- Plot analysis for “Lamb to the Slaughter” A key is included
- Note-taking page on point of view and perspective accompanied with a key -These notes will focus on the difference between point of view and perspective and how authors can use perspective to create tension or humor in a story.
- Perspective analysis for “Lamb to the Slaughter” Students will take a look at how this story would be different if it were told from a different perspective. A key is included.
- Note-taking page on irony accompanied with a key. These notes will cover the three types of irony.
- Irony analysis for “Lamb to the Slaughter” Students will take a look at irony in the story, noting specific examples. A key is included.
- Note-taking page on theme accompanied with a key. A practice page for theme that has students read statements and determine why the statements are not good theme statements is also included.
- Theme analysis for “Lamb to the Slaughter” Students will develop their own theme statement and determine how it was developed. A key is included with a sample theme statement.
- Objective summary notes - Using these notes, teach students what a good objective summary has and doesn't have. A handout is included for students to write their own objective summary for this story. If you do not have time to write summaries, a handout is included with four summaries. Students will pick the one that is the best summary. You can then discuss the problems with the other three.
- A text dependent analysis prompt is included along with a brainstorming handout and a complete sample essay.
- A study guide for the test is included.
- A 20 multiple-choice question test with key is included
- A creative poetry activity is also included.
A link to a Google Slides version of all note-taking pages and activity pages is included.
A link to the test in Google Forms is included.