Unit Question: How do fictional stories echo across time and space? This unit allow students to peal back the layers of two short stories ("I Stand Here Ironing" and "The Lottery") to analyze how the authors use devices to create theme. Students will explore tone, language, irony, foreshadowing, characterization, etc. This unit is broken into three lessons. Lessons 1 & 2 include activities for engaging the learner, interacting with the text, and extending learning. Lesson 3 is a writing task where students explore the unit question. This 60 page document includes links to videos, an appendix with pictures and additional resources, and a table of contents where each activity is labeled by standards.