Lamb to the Slaughter short story, Dahl, lit. analysis & real-world writing task

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Use the black humor of Roald Dahl’s well-known short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter," to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes links to the full text of the story, detailed instructions, a 9-question deep-thinking handout (with detailed answer key, of course), and a writing activity that creatively uses an official-looking police report for students to summarize the elements of the story. The lesson also includes a police sketch portion (my high school students love when I bust out the colored pencils) and a link to an Alfred Hitchcock video version of the story.

Dahl is best known for his longer works, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. This story, however, is a bit darker and intended for a slightly older audience. This lesson is best for advanced middle school or high school students.

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Please note that the police report form (see preview) is sold separately in my store – Click HERE to see Police Report Form. In the “Lamb to the Slaughter” packet, I’ve included the blank form and a completed sample featuring the characters/situation of this short story. In the other version sold separately at the link above, I’ve included the blank form and a sample featuring a scene from S.E. Hinton’s novel, The Outsiders. The blank police report form can be reused with many different stories. No need to purchase it separately from my store if you buy these “Lamb to the Slaughter” materials.

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