A creative and challenging assessment activity for “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
Higher-order questions, authentic vocabulary practice, literary analysis, and argumentative writing tasks—all aligned with the Common Core State Standards—add a refreshing twist to the usual read/discuss/answer questions routine outlined in our literature anthologies. After reading the story, each student completes a booklet individually, then students discuss their responses in small groups. (I’ve included an explanation of an easy strategy to allow group talk and still distinguish individual work!) The booklet concludes with a metacognitive reflection for each student to process his/her understanding.
My instructions include general tips for facilitating the activity and detailed instructions of each of the student tasks in the booklet. The entire product is editable, so you can use it as I’ve described, or adapt the pieces to your needs. (The half-sheet size of the handouts would fit perfectly as an insert in an Interactive Notebook!) I’ve also included tips for grading the entire assignment and a resource for rubrics if you choose to have your students complete the argumentative writing assignment.
Please see the preview for a more detailed explanation of how I developed the activity and sample pages from the lesson.
Looking for a creative way to introduce this suspenseful story to your students?
My The Most Dangerous Game Quotable Quotes Activity
really gets kids thinking!