In this document, for Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” you will find an introductory PowerPoint, a close-reading guide with a detailed answer key, and a reading assessment with a complete answer key. I designed the close-reading guide to be used AFTER the short story has been read all the way through. I like to do this as a read aloud. I designed the reading assessment with the idea that students could take the assessment while they had the story open beside them. My aim is not to assess memory but to assess understanding. You will notice that the students have to do quite a bit of reading as they track through this assessment—it is a “reading” assessment, after all.
Note: After reading this story, you might want to show the Encyclopedia Britannica short film version of this story, which I find on Youtube (or you can access it using this link: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Lottery/media/1001162/139949). It dates to 1969, but I think students today still enjoy it.