In this lesson, students will read the flash fiction story “Sleeping” by Katharine Weber. In this strange and somewhat disturbing short story about babysitting, students are engaged in the mystery of Charles, the baby. Who is he? Why hasn’t the babysitter met him yet? Is he still breathing?
Through annotation and close reading, students will ultimately try to answer how the author’s use of characterization affects the piece as a whole.
Students largely focus on claim, evidence, and warrant.