Today you will be working independently to read and respond to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”.
Please complete the activities below in the order that they are given
1. Look up the following words and provide definitions for each:
profusely reprimand paraphernalia tradition perfunctory
precisely consult willingly defiantly
2. Click HERE to read “The Lottery.”
3. IF WE HAVE HEADPHONES TODAY, watch the video of “The Lottery.”
4. Respond to the following questions:
a) What seems to have been the original purpose of the lottery?
b) What do you suppose the original ceremony was like? Why have some of the villages given up this practice? Why hasn’t this one?
c) Describe the point of view of the story. How does the point of view affect what we know about the situation? How does it preserve the story’s suspense?
d) Why does everyone in the village agree to participate in the lottery?
e) Would you partake in the lottery, or would you stand up for Mrs. Hutchinson?
f) What type of conflict does “The Lottery” contain? How do you know?
e) How are the text and video versions similar? How are they different? Which did you prefer? Why?
5. Watch the episode of the Twilight Zone titled “Eye of the Beholder.” Then, complete the elements of fiction chart (see Mr. Burkholtz for details.)