"The Egg" is a 2009 short story by American writer Andy Weir, originally published on his website Galactanet. It is Weir's most popular short story, and has been translated into over 30 languages by readers. In 2012, it was adapted into a short film by Sam Meacock, starring Harrison Lee and Philip Hope.
The story is about the main character, who is "you" (in second person), and God, who is "me" (in first person). "You", a 48-year-old man who dies in a car crash, meets the narrator, who says that "you" have been reincarnated many times before, and that "you" are next to be reincarnated as a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD. God then explains that "you" are, in fact constantly reincarnated across time, and that all human beings who have ever lived and will ever live are incarnations of "you". God explains that in fact there are other Godlike beings elsewhere, and that "you" too will one day become a God. The entire universe was created as an egg for the main character (all of humanity), and once "you" have lived every human life ever, "you" will be born as a God. The reason God created the universe was for the main character, "you," to understand this point: "Every time you victimized someone...you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you."
"The Egg" was rapper Logic's inspiration for his 2017 album Everybody, re-imagined in the interlude track "Waiting Room" (Wikipedia)
This is teaching materials for a short story that would be considered untraditional. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
The other assessment is a creative art sheet. The creative art sheet asks the student to use the details from the story and their own knowledge, experiences, and imagination to synthesize a totally new work, this is a picture that is a visual representation that recreates of a scene, character or maybe the student's use or view of an aspect of the story. Along with this picture the student will explain their work with a short explanation.
The materials provided
1 Creative Art Sheet
Link to the story:
Link to the short film:
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.