This writing prompt and outline accompanies Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Lottery'. The prompt has students examine tradition as a means of justification for the collective murder in the story.
The outline guides students through the Jane Schaffer writing structure with focus on thesis, concrete details and commentary.
The last page also has a brief reminder and outline of an introductory paragraph.
I am using this short story and writing assignment in my class prior to 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. My goal is to get students thinking about traditions and why society holds on to some that are detrimental.