I've taught this lesson for many years in my classroom and have shared it with many teachers in my department and district. This packet contains 8 mini-lessons, of which you may choose to use all or some in your ELA classroom. The set includes the following:
• A reading skills lesson covering denotation, connotation, diction, and tone, which provides or activates prior knowledge needed to understand the narrator's attitude in the image-rich introduction to the short story.
• An art-filled pre-reading sheet which provides rich visuals and asks open-ended questions designed to get students thinking about themes in the work.
• An introductory analysis of the image-rich introduction to the short story which asks questions across several levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
• The entire text of the story, broken into five close-reading excerpts that explore the rich figurative language in the text. Each includes a "remember and understand" vocabulary-in-literature task, a close reading passage that incorporates high-level thinking questions, and a written response to reading that requires analytical and creative thinking.
This packet may be used in its entirety or may be used in parts, so you may tailor it to fit the time-frame in which you'd like to teach the story and the depth to which you would like students to read. Please enjoy!