The Ransom of Red Chief is a short story that is a great example of both situational and dramatic irony for middle school or high school students. This is a comprehensive study unit that includes everything you need to teach this classic short story: Vocabulary, Irony, Plot Diagram, Short Story Elements, PowerPoints, Quizlet links, Compare and Contrast Essays for the movie and/or compare to Home Alone!
- Introduce Vocabulary using the Vocabulary PowerPoint
- Introduce Irony - link to a free resource
- Vocabulary list and practice pages, including a crossword and quizlet link.
- Read Side by Side - The story and the questions are side by side to create a student packet. Discuss and Answer Comprehension Questions.
- Identify different types of Irony in the Ransom of Red Chief
- Story Analysis - Short Story Elements
- Sequence Events – Students number events from the story to put them in order
- Plot Diagram – students label aspects of the plot. Can cut and paste onto a plot diagram.
- Review PowerPoint - I used it as a game. The PP has questions and then shows the answer. I divided the class into teams and did the PP a couple of times.
- Review on Quizlet
- Watch the movie by Hallmark (link included - IT IS HILARIOUS!), take notes on a T-chart or venn diagram, and write a compare and contrast essay.
- Watch HOME ALONE, take notes on a T-chart, and write an essay identifying and comparing similarities and parallels.