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The lottery anticipation guide

Curriculum Design for

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

Pre-Reading Activity

Students will individually complete an anticipation guide, which provides generalized statements of beliefs and values for students to agree or disagree. In this activity, there is no middle ground; students are to choose one or the other and think about why they chose that particular answer and it’s important to stress there is no right or wrong answer. After the guide has been completed, students will discuss the difficulty level they experienced while completing the activity, but their answers are to remain private for the time being. Following this brief discussion, students are to write three sentences predicting what they believe the story will be about based on the title and the anticipation guide. The purpose of this activity is to provide students a way to think about important themes and concepts that they will find in the short story. It is also a way to complicate their thinking of the issues beforehand, which is particularly important for this piece. By requiring a short prediction of the piece, students will also be able to draw connections and “anticipate” what will happen.

Read the following statements carefully, and then indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement.

Traditions need to be maintained.

What is good for the community as a whole is more important than the individual.

Change should be avoided if everything works fine the way it is.

You can always rely on your family and friends to

do what’s best for you.

Everyone should contribute to ensure a group’s success even if contribution is unequal.

Most ideas and beliefs of the past are still true today.

Society has a bigger influence on people than their family and friends.

Brainstorm in three complete sentences what you believe Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” is about using the anticipation guide above, the title, and any other knowledge you have about the story. Use the space below.

The lottery anticipation guide Curriculum Design for “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson Pre-Reading Activity Students will individually complete an anticipation guide, which provides

Anticipation Guide Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre . · Carroll, BYU, 2010 Anticipation Guide

Text of Anticipation Guide Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre . · Carroll, BYU, 2010 Anticipation Guide

Carroll, BYU, 2010

Anticipation Guide Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas New York: Penguin, 2001

Purpose: This strategy will introduce important themes and help students prepare for the topics challenged within the book. It will help them mentally prepare to make connections with the book because the Anticipation Guide helps them organize their thoughts and decide what they already believe and what is important to them. Context: This strategy should be used before students begin reading the novel. It may be difficult to get true responses from the students if they have already seen the movie and think they know what the teacher wants, but have them answer honestly, since their responses arent being graded, but merely their actual participation. Students will have the opportunity after they read the novel to answer the same questions and see how their views have changed. Directions: 1. Before showing the students anything about the novel, pass out the anticipation guide. Instruct the students to fill it out in pen so that they cant change their answers. Be sure that you specify that they can only answer agree or disagree, they MUST choose a side. 2. Lead a discussion about the topics covered in the anticipation guide. Argue both sides, especially if there isnt much variety in the students answers. 3. Revisit the strategy at the end of the novel if not throughout the reading. Assessment: The anticipation guide works nicely to see how much students may already know about the novel and assess their previous beliefs about the subjects. It helps them approach the novel with the themes already on their mind so that they are sure not to miss important things.

Carroll, BYU, 2010

Anticipation Guide Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas New York: Penguin, 2001

Directions: Before reading The Count of Monte Cristo, complete the following worksheet. In the blanks underneath the words Agree or Disagree, check the space appropriate. Even if you dont feel 100% in one way or the other, you must pick a side. Do NOT check both boxes. Do NOT leave both blank. Be honest. After you have filled out the guide, discuss your reasons with your pairshare partner. Agree Disagree _______ _______ Love is the strongest force in the world.

_______ _______ Sometimes revenge can be appropriate.

_______ _______ Through hard work anyone can be successful.

_______ _______ You should always obey the law.

_______ _______ There is evil inside of everyone.

_______ _______ It is never okay to kill another human being. _______ _______ Ignorance is bliss. _______ _______ You should never tell a lie. _______ _______ One good deed deserves another. _______ _______ This book is going to be a ton of fun to read!

Carroll, BYU, 2010

Reflection Ive always enjoyed Anticipation Guides. I think they help students who dont normally participate in class discussion find a voice. Everyone has opinions and it is a smart but fun way to bring out those opinions. The questions work well to bring helpful confrontation because they are so broad and can be understood in so many ways. Every student has a different background and different life experiences that help them understand these questions in different ways. Talking them through with their peers will help other students in the class see things from a different perspective. I really would like to use this in my own classroom. I have seen anticipation guides used many times before and, as long as the teacher can manage her classroom, the result is positive engagement of the students. I thought it might be hard at first to think up my own questions, but they came quickly and easily as I thought about the novel. I can see potential problems with the Anticipation Guide if the classroom isnt managed well. Students can often be very defensive of their views and feelings can get hurt if other students arent respectful of those views. I have also seen a classroom become so involved with the argument that it was nearly impossible to tear them away and onto a different subject. However, as long as the teacher guides the discussion, it can be a very positive and engaging activity for the students.

Carroll, BYU, 2010 Anticipation Guide Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas New York: Penguin, 2001 Purpose: This strategy will introduce important themes and help students…