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The Lottery

By Shirley Jackson (2)

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In “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson creates a modern world where savage rituals are still enforced. Jackson's short story opens upon a quiet gathering of people in a small town. It is a warm day, the 27th of June, and the people of the community are waiting on the village green for an unnamed event. The children are filling their pockets with stones, while the adults talk to one another in subdued tones. A similar ceremony is being held in towns across the land. Mr. Summers arrives with a black box, followed by Mr. Graves with a three-legged stool. Mr. Summer shuffles the papers in the box as the crowd looks on, and a housewife, Mrs. Hutchinson, hurries to join the crowd, having suddenly remembered that it was the day of the lottery. By seemingly random chance, she receives the paper with the black mark, and begins to plead with the others to rectify the decision, as readers remain oblivious to the ritual’s final outcome. The final, ominous scene has the villagers begin the ceremonial act of stoning Mrs. Hutchinson to death, and the whole village, including her own family, partake in the stoning. A chilling examination of how custom shapes the lives of people, “The Lottery” is a catalyst for a lively discussion among high school students about the injustices of society.

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    Study Guide: The Lottery Rose (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    22 Pages, Grades 6 - 9
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    Study Guide: The Lottery Rose (eBook)

    Teaching literature is easy with Novel-Ties!This Learning Links Novel-Ties is specially designed for students in the middle grades. Chapter-by-chapter activities and worksheets allow students to be familiarized with the majority of literary devices, preparing them for more complex reading in the future. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a distinguished supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grades 7-8, including the following additional titles: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Animal Farm; Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; The Hobbit; Johnny Tremain; A Lantern in Her Hand; The Lottery Rose; My Brother Sam is Dead; The Outsiders; The Pearl; Where the Red Fern Grows; A Wrinkle in Time; The Yearling; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Romeo and Juliet; Sounder; Dicey's Song; No Promises in the Wind; The Miracle Worker; Across Five Aprils; The Call of the Wild; Monster; Scorpions; The House on Mango Street; Forged by Fire; A Christmas Carol; Tangerine; Stargirl; Milkweed; Tears of a Tiger; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. All preceding Novel-Ties eBooks can be located by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    Teaching Unit: The Lottery (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    33 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: The Lottery (eBook)

    For either the new or experienced teacher, Prestwick House's Teaching Units serve as a useful resource for teaching a new book, with a broad selection of eBook guides available for immediate download. Chapter-by-chapter exercises help students achieve scholarly objectives with essay and discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and a multiple-choice test. Educators will save time and energy with this indispensible teaching resource.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Teaching Units series. Other best-selling titles include: The Lottery; Life of Pi; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Thousand Splendid Suns; The Outsiders; The Gift of the Magi; I Know What You Did Last Summer, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook guides for teaching, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.