You may want to try these activities back in the classroom.
Short Story Reading and Discussion:
Read "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. Using "The Lottery"
Discussion Guide Activity Sheet
guide students through a discussion of the text [click here
for a PDF version].
As the discussion facilitator, focus on drawing out multiple
perspectives and interpretations. Discuss the different interpretations
and possibilities. Invite questions throughout the discussion
and use them as a springboard for further discussion.
criticism, and links related to Shirley Jackson.
- Discuss how the multiple perspectives add to the conversation,
as well as to the ability for each individual to build their
own understanding of what they read.
- How have other texts you have read impacted your understanding
of this one?
- How did others' questions help you build a richer understanding
of your own?
Professional Resources Related to Classroom Instruction:
Appleman, Deborah. The Lens of Reader Response: The Promise
and Peril of Response-Based Pedagogy in Critical Encounters
in High School English, by Deborah Appleman, NCTE, 2000.
Moon, Brian. Studying Literature: New Approaches to Poetry
and Fiction. NCTE, 2000. ISBN: 0-8141-4871-9.