After reading "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, students will examine Mary's guilt or innocence by using textual evidence and inference. A writing prompt is given, as well as legal information to help form a verdict. Note: After completing this assignment, students can be asked to hold a "mock trial."
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.