Here, students will read the story and answer guiding questions that focus on inferencing and characterization. 13 questions to help students identify the subtle clues Dahl gives about the nefarious intentions of Billy Weaver's landlady.
There is a worksheet on foreshadowing. After students read the text they go back and reread in order to identify five different examples of foreshadowing. The students will need to find specific quotes from the text and then explain how it is an example of foreshadowing. The back side of this worksheet focuses on point-of-view and it's impact in maintaining the surprise ending.
There is a quick movie comparison worksheet to be used with the "Tales of the Unexpected" episode based on the text. Dahl himself introduces the episode. It's found on YouTube and I included a QR code on the worksheet for students or teachers to easily access the movie. One side of the worksheet is a graphic organizer to chart similarities and differences, and the back side of the worksheet includes analysis questions to look at the effect these changes have on the audience's understanding of the story.
Many students have already read "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, so "The Landlady" is a great alternative if you still want to do a Dahl story with high school students.