"Mute" is a short story by Stephen King, collected in King's 2008 collection Just After Sunset.
Monette, a middle-aged traveling book salesman (his first name is never given), goes to confession. When the priest asks him what sin he has committed, Monette admits that while he believes he has sinned in some way, he is not entirely sure exactly what he is guilty of. He then explains the events of the preceding days.
While on the road, Monette picked up a hitchhiker, carrying a sign proclaiming him to be both deaf and mute. Once in the car, the hitchhiker seemingly falls asleep. Since Monette believes that the man cannot hear him, he decides to vent his problems to him.
Sometime before the story, Monette discovered that his wife had been carrying on an affair for two years with a teacher in the school district she worked for. She was employed by the district in an administrative role and had access to large amounts of money, which she soon started to embezzle from her employer in order to buy underwear. As her debt grew, she and her lover hoped to pay the money back by winning the lottery, only to embezzle more than a hundred thousand dollars without earning any to replace it. She revealed this all to Monette and to his disbelief tried to blame him for it, claiming his lack of interest drove her to it.
Stopping at a rest stop, Monette went to the bathroom. When he returned, he found the hitchhiker gone, having taken nothing of value save for Monette's medallion of St. Christopher. Monette thought nothing of this until two days later when the police called to inform him that his wife and her lover had been beaten to death in a motel room.
The priest, horrified and intrigued by the story, asks about the aftermath. Monette relates how he believes the hitchhiker was in fact not deaf and heard the whole story. Monette had mentioned the name of the motel that his wife and her lover were living at, which would have made finding them a simple matter. He also presumably determined Monette's address by looking at the registration in the car, since Monette later found his medallion lying on his desk with a note (presumably from the hitchhiker) thanking him for the ride. (Wikipedia)
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels. The other assessment is a creative art sheet.
The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.