This lesson is intended as an introductory activity to spark interest in Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." It also allows students to practice making inferences and increase fluency--two important skills for the remedial readers I teach.
Each student works individually with a single quote from the story, and then confers with classmates who have the same quote to gain a better understanding. The whole class then shares their quotes aloud in a fun game-like activity which helps students to understand their quote in a larger context.
The lesson plan contains step-by-step instructions and eight different quotes--some easier than others--to make it easier for you to differentiate within your class. You'll need to photocopy the quotes, cut them apart, and find a bean bag or soft toy for the tossing lines activity. Then, watch as the light bulbs come on for your students!
"The Most Dangerous Game" is a fantastic story; this activity really gets the students thinking before they read and keeps them focused, looking for their quotes while they read. It's a great change-of-pace from typical prereading activities!
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Take Connell's story to the next level with this unique reading response activity that allows students to work together and still be accountable for their own interpretations.
The Most Dangerous Game - Think Sheets
This unique after-reading activity includes higher-order thinking, literary analysis, and argumentative writing--all aligned with the CCSS. The booklet format and student-discussion component make for an engaging assessment of student understanding of Connell's story.