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Build students’ inferencing skills and prepare for your reading of “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl with this group simulation. Students take on the role of the young detective arriving on the scene of Mr. Maloney’s death, collecting facts and making inferences to unlock the next level. After their reading, they chose to be either prosecutor or defense attorney in Mrs. Maloney's murder case. They write a persuasive essay using textual evidence "spun" to support their position. Includes a Teacher’s Guide, a version for absent students, and a full answer key. (grades 6-12)
*The pre-reading activity is based on the story "Lamb to the Slaughter", except that students will work to discover Mrs. Maloney's guilt and motive. In this simulation, students will have to note certain facts and make certain key inferences before you, the Police Chief, approve them to continue. You will check in with groups and then give them the next text as they gather the necessary information. By the end, students will present their theories as to "Who dunnit?". Then, they'll read the original story (provided by you via the internet or your Lit Anthology) and read the real outcome.
*The short essay is persuasive and dramatic! I always have a few students who want to act theirs out. ;) Everyone knows Mrs. Maloney did it, but students can still choose to argue either side. It's all a matter of supporting their ideas with evidence, but they can spin it however they want.
1. Inference warm-up
2. Four texts for the simulation
3. Student Tracking Sheet for facts, inferences, and questions
4. Version of simulation for absent students
5. Essay brainstorming & rubrics (editable)
6. Printer-friendly versions
7. Digital Version of essay topic
8. Full Teacher's Guide and Answer Key
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Your resource contains a PDF of the print-and-go simulation and one PowerPoint slide (uneditable) to project. The essay topic is completely editable (.doc) or ready to print (.pdf). Please email me if you have any questions! :)
Day 1 (45 minutes): Inferences Challenge
(Read the short story as homework - available online or in your lit anthology)
Day 2 (45 minutes): Brainstorm & draft essays
Day 3 (45 minutes): Present essays to a peer - possible opportunities for revision or feedback
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