“The Little Green God of Agony” is a short story by Stephen King first published in his 2015 story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
Andrew Newsome, the sixth richest man in the world, has been confined to his bed since he got into an airplane crash that only he survived, now 2 years ago. According to the many doctors he already visited, he should have recovered enough by now to start walking again, yet he is still in too much agony for that. Katherine Macdonald, a nurse hired by Newsome to be his private caretaker, has so far kept her quiet about his lack of recovery, but deep down she thinks her employer is just too weak willed to handle the pain that comes with making a full recovery, and always tries to look for shortcuts.
When one day Newsome turns to an old reverend named Rideout (who according to Newsome’s researches has healed a great many people) for help in return for enough money to rebuild his burned down church, Katherine finally speaks up. She confronts Newsome with what she believes to be the facts, and calls Rideout a charlatan; the first of many that will come now that regular medicine has failed, at least according to her. Newsome is about to fire her for this outburst, but Rideout insists that Katherine should stay around since she needs to regain her faith and sense of compassion according to him. Rideout continues to explain that Newsome has been invested by a small demon god that feeds on his pain, and he plans to exorcize and capture this creature. He requests Katherine and Newsome’s personal assistant Jensen to help him; Jensen has to spray the creature with pepper spray when it leaves it’s host, while Katherine has to whack it with a broom so Rideout can put it in a lunchbox. Katherine agrees, but only after checking Rideout’s sleeves and the lunchbox to make sure there are no props inside. When they turn out to be empty, she starts to doubt her own skepticism. (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 form 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 Short story worksheet
1 Creative Art Sheet
1 Answer Key
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.