The Lottery Short Story Analysis
7th - 12th, Homeschool
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This product contains a literary analysis of the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.
Included in this lesson plan:
- Journal entry as a pre-reading, activating strategy
- Background Bio and Vocabulary Terms
- Vocabulary list and graphic organizer for students
- Reading questions which focus on literary elements such as: mood, textual evidence, suspense, foreshadowing, text structure, character motivations, irony, gender roles, dialogue, and objective summary
- Allegory and theme lesson and graphic organizer
- Historical context of World War II and the Holocaust
- Poem "First They Came" by Martin Niemöller as paired text
- After reading discussion questions (can be completed in groups or independently)
- Answer keys for everything
File Types Included:
Teacher Answer Keys (PDF)
Author Bio and Vocabulary (Powerpoint Presentation)
Student Copy of Activities (PDF—ready to print)
Student Copy of Activities (Word document—editable for teachers)
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.