Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl Persuasive Essay - Prosecution/Defense

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
8th - 11th
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Enrich your study of Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” with this print-and-go writing activity. Students assume the role of either Mrs. Maloney’s prosecutor or her defense lawyer in the trial for the murder of her husband. Given the evidence in the story, students write a “closing statement” defending their position. **Clearly, Mrs. Maloney is guilty, but the task is to create an argument supporting the chosen position, using textual evidence to solidify claims.**

This writing activity is presented in the “All-in-One” style:

  1. Project Description & Brainstorming Worksheet – students collect textual evidence and decide how to “spin” it for the jury (.pdf and .doc)
  2. Rubric – Choose between analytic and holistic versions (.pdf & .doc)
  3. Printer-friendly versions - prints as a half-sheet with the rubric on the front and brainstorming on the back)
  4. Digital version (Google Slides)

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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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