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Short Story Unit Ruthless by Wiliam De Mille

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8th - 11th
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  1. Help your students develop their reading and analysis skills with this short story bundle. Ruthless by William de Mille and Saki’s The Open Window are excellent stories to engage and inspire. Encourage deep reading, analysis, exploration of character and theme, debate, and creative responses with th
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The perfect short story for any class, Ruthless by William de Mille tells a story of revenge gone wrong. If you are looking for a short story that is gripping, with a twist in its tale. Then this short story is for you.

Interested in distance learning activities? See my digital unit on Ruthless here.

This activity contains a full version of the short story itself, numerous pre-reading activities, comprehension questions for during, a Socratic seminar lesson with 6 discussion prompts, a FREE preview of 6 task cards from my Fiction & Literature study task cards, analysis of language and character. There is an optional essay prompt as well.

Ideal for middle or high school students.

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# Ruthless by William de Mille (copyright free) 2pgs

# Pre-reading activities 4pgs

# During reading activities 11pgs

# Post-reading activities 3pgs

# Socratic seminar instructions 1pgs

# Socratic seminar debate prompts 6pgs

# 6 post-reading Creative Thinking Task Cards

# Answer keys 2pgs

# Teacher’s planner 1pg

Set up so you can project in the classroom, with minimal printing.

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Saki's The Open Window Short Story Unit

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Fiction & Literature study task cards


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♥ “I love this story! My students loved this story as well. It's a great short lesson plan to wet the students appetite for more short stories in the future!” August 6, 2017

♥ “Thank you! A fantastic resource for my classroom!” July 13, 2017

♥ “Extremely happy with this choice. Great unit plan!” August 29, 2017

♥ “I love the story and all the resources with it! It was great for a one-day lesson I needed. I can also see spreading it over a couple of days with all of the activities you included!” April 25, 2017


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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