The Sniper: Complete Unit Print and Digital for Distance Learning

Grade Levels
8th - 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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The Sniper: Complete Unit Print and Digital for Distance Learning

This complete short story unit contains three ready to print lessons with student materials and an answer key for Liam O’Flaherty’s short story “The Sniper.” These lessons are written for 90 minute class periods and will fill 3 days of instruction. If class periods are shorter, this study will take at least a week. This complete short story study is intended for 8th-10th grades.

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Teacher Directions

1.The Sniper: Reading Comprehension

Students read the story independently or as a class and stop and jot answers to comprehension questions during reading. There are several big picture questions for students to complete after reading.

2.The Sniper: Figurative Language

Students close read different sections of ‘The Sniper” to identify figurative language and determine its purpose.

3. The Sniper: Writing Lesson

Students write two analytical paragraphs about how “The Sniper” addresses the complexities of war. One is written as a class and the other independently.There is a rubric included for the writing.

Each lesson has directions on the student handouts for each activity or part of the lesson.

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Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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