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These handouts can be used as take home or in class assignments. The first page consists of a list of vocabulary from the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Students are required to identify the part of speech, look up a definition for each word, and write an original sentence. This can be done before reading, or you can have your students complete the words as they appear in the text. The following two pages include three anticipatory questions for students to complete BEFORE reading the story. They should use their own opinions to decide whether they agree or disagree with each statement and explain why. There are 14 questions related to the text which students should complete as they read. These questions ask students to identify characters and sequence of events, decide on descriptive adjectives for situations and moments in the text, and infer meaning. When students have finished reading, they should complete the after reading section which asks students to identify juxtaposition, irony, and foreshadowing in the short story. If your students are unfamiliar with these terms, feel free to skip this section, or download my other teaching resources for “The Lottery”. I like to wait to work on the post reading activities until we have gone through the story as a class and covered a number of different literary elements. Finally, as a bonus activity, I have included a critical thinking short answer question for students to answer. This question relates to conformity and society and asks students to write a short answer and give their opinion. This last activity is great to get students thinking about themes, and connecting the story to their own lives.
The download also includes answer keys for both the vocabulary and all questions. It does not include an answer key for the short answer section of the download.