"The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier is a classic short story that all students should read. du Maurier expertly develops suspense through her use of mood and foreshadowing, which is what this lesson focuses on.
This lesson covers the basic concepts of mood and foreshadowing through relatable examples and quick practice exercises to solidify students' understanding of the concepts, followed by identification of the same strategies used in du Maurier's story. Students are also asked to predict the fate of the Hocken family and identify theme statements for "The Birds."
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Also included is a short worksheet for students to reflect on the story of "The Birds" immediately after reading.