Short Story Unit Ruthless by Wiliam De Mille

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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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Take a look and see what buyers have said about my Ruthless resource:

♥ “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).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


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