"The Lady, or the Tiger" Close Read and Narrative Writing Task Unit

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Are you looking for a short story to grab your students’ attention and keep them on the edge of their seats? Look no further than “The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton, a thrilling tale of love, anguish, and difficult choices that ends on a huge cliffhanger. This engaging and rigorous unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this timeless short story. Students will LOVE that they are in control of deciding the resolution to this short story. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story. This will help students not only tackle complex texts, but also create a logical narrative that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
-RL.6-8.1 -RL.6-8.2 - RL.6-8.3 -RL.6-8.4 -RL.6-8.5 -W.6-8.3 -W.6-8.4 -W.6-8.5

The following files are included in this download:

“The Lady, or the Tiger” Vocabulary Activity (6 Pages): Students will use context clues to identify unfamiliar words from the short story. The activity uses the actual text from the story where the word is used. After students select the correct multiple choice answer, they are required to write a one sentence justification using text evidence. The final task in this activity is to categorize the words into either positive, negative, or neutral connotation. Students will use this information to make predictions about what they think this short story will be about. ** Context Clues bookmarks have also been included to help guide students through this task. **

“The Lady, or the Tiger” Close Reading Activity (4 Pages): During this scaffolded close reading activity, students will first read the story to get the gist of what is happening and will use this information to write an objective summary of the short story. In the second read, students will dig deeper to analyze the character of the Princess to gather information to help them decide which door she told her love to open. This activity culminates with students creating an argumentative writing response where they use the information they have gathered to argue which door she told her love to open.

“The Lady, or the Tiger” Assessment (2 Pages): This assessment contains four multiple choice questions that cover context clues, character analysis, and the role of tone/mood in the story. Students must write a one sentence justification to support their answer choice. This assessment also includes a constructed response writing task.

“The Lady, or the Tiger” Narrative Writing Task (12 Pages): The Narrative Writing Task contains everything needed for both teacher and students to complete this task. Students will being their narrative at the conclusion of “The Lady, or the Tiger” to tell the story of what was behind the door that the Princess had her love open and what happened next.
A. Task #1- Prewriting: There are three different pre-writing options included for this task to best fit the needs of your students/classroom.
B. Task #2- Rough Draft- Students will use the teacher models as well as the criteria that they have created to guide them as they write the rough draft of their narrative.
C. Task #3- Students will use the Self Assessment Guide to help them self-assess their rough draft and identify anything that their narrative may be missing. Once students have finished the self-assessment, they will switch narratives with their writing partner and complete the Peer Assessment guide to give academic feedback to their partner.
D. Task #4- Once students have finished editing/revising their rough draft using the feedback from the self and peer assessment, they will begin to write the final draft of their narrative.

5. “The Lady, or the Tiger” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page): This 7 point rubric can be used to evaluate the narratives. It also includes a section for teachers to leave written academic feedback for students.

6. “The Lady, or the Tiger” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages): This activity can be used as an alternate assessment activity or as an early finisher for students who finish any part of this unit before other students. It includes four tasks for students and clear specific criteria for each task. In addition, teacher models for each task have been included to help students know what their work should look like to be high quality.

7. Teacher Models and Answer Keys (10 Pages) : Teacher models and answer keys have been provided for each step/task in this unit.

8. “The Lady, or the Tiger” Lesson Presentation (83 Slides): This presentation comes in PDF and Powerpoint Versions. It is designed to help guide both teacher and students through this week long unit. There are 20 blank/editable slides that you can us to customize the presentation to better suit the needs of your students/classroom.

9. “The Lady, or the Tiger” Lesson Outline Notes (43 Pages): This lesson outline is a PDF version of the activities from this unit. It includes suggested modifications/explanations, teacher tips, and more to help guide teachers through setting up and effectively organizing this unit.

10. “The Lady, or the Tiger” Modified Play (4 Pages): This modified play version of the short story has been modified for students who may struggle with the complex text in the original short story. It also can help you incorporate an engaging Reader’s Theatre performance for your classroom.

Please be sure to download the preview file to see exactly what you are getting when you purchase this product!

Created by Stephanie M. Icenogle, The Creative Classroom © 2016
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Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Total Pages
45 Pages, 83 Slides (Including 20 Customizable Slides)
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week

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