"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson Unit with Hunger Games Comparison

Tracee Orman
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"The Lottery" Short Story Literature Guide

This package of documents features numerous materials for teaching Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story "The Lottery." Includes an introduction activity (using real stones), guided reading questions (for recall/comprehension, analysis, applying, critical thinking), discussion questions, a character chart, extended activities, a 26-question quiz (15 multiple choice, 9 vocabulary matching, 2 short answer essay), and a theme comparison with the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

EDITABLE! Updated to include files in two formats: Microsoft Word and PDF. It also includes the text to the story, in case you need a copy.

Jackson's use of irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing are all discussed, practiced, and evaluated in this lesson.


Great companion to my The Hunger Games Teaching Unit or use independently.

Created by Tracee Orman

Hunger Games Lessons

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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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