The Chaser: A Close Reading Lesson about Unrequited Love (Grades 8-12)

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8th - 12th
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This was a fun story that sparked a lot of discussion around consent. The kids were really engaged and I have used this lesson 5 times with a great deal of success. It's worth getting.


THE CHASER by John Collier (a riveting and thought-provoking short story)

Manipulation. Mystery. Magic.

If you like story lines filled with mystery, manipulation, and magic, you’ll love The Chaser by John Collier.

This disturbing love story stirs up lively discussions with secondary students (recommended for students in grades 8-12).

The most interesting part about using this piece as a close reading exercise (It’s only two pages long.) is that after each reading, students often change their minds about…

…what constitutes criminal intent.

…what qualifies someone as a victim.

…what types of decisions (if any) determine destiny.

What do I get?

1. A Step-by-Step Close Reading Lesson Guide

2. Editable Close Reading Text of the Week Worksheets (modeled after Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week and Vale Middle School’s Article of the Week Template)

3. The Chaser (Two Versions: Annotation Version and Oral Reading Version)

4. 28 Claim Cards (Two Versions: one Display Version and one Cut & Distribute Version)

5. 14 Essay Topics with Response Sheets

Additional Resource: A link to a professional reading of The Chaser.

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Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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