The following three-page document on Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" includes an anticipation guide on page one and comprehension questions on pages two and three. The anticipation guide prepares students for the story and theme-related topics of discussion posed in the short story. The anticipation guide features "before" statements that students will write whether they agree or disagree with each statement and explain why. Students are asked to complete the "after" statements after they have reflected on the work.
The comprehension questions on pages two and three are divided into a page on questions that students should complete while they read the story and questions that students should complete after they finish the story. Because so much information is dependent on knowing the shocking conclusion, students will need to re-read the story to understand the questions on this page. These questions have a few low level comprehension questions on story (e.g. How do the citizens in this town treat each other?), but many questions are higher level, critical thinking questions (e.g. How is the setting of the work ironic?) and assess students' analysis of the work's foreshadowing, indirect characterization, inferences, irony, plot, setting, symbolism, themes, and visual imagery. The second page also requires students to look up and find the definitions for vocabulary words that they might not know prior to reading the story to understand how these words are used in Jackson's work.