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Foreshadowing and irony in the short storyThe Lotteryare discussed here


Language Arts  


6, 7, 8  

Title – The Foreshadowing of ” The Lottery
By – Jennifer P. Yates
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 6-8

Learning Outcomes: (a. WV CSO b. Learning Outcomes)

      1.a. RLA 7.1.4 – Use comprehension strategies


      1.b. Students will summarize short story.


      2.a. RLA 7.1.5- Determine elements of literature


      2.b. Students will identify theme and irony in short story


      3.a. RLA 7.1.8 – Identify literary techniques used to interpret literature


    3.b. Students will explain use of foreshadowing in short story.

Assessment Plans:

      Pre-assessment: Group questions. What is the author saying?
    Outcome assessment plan: Test

Instructional Design:



      Group questions


      Discuss handout of definitions of theme, irony and foreshadowing.
      Procedural Steps:


      Divide into groups.


      Groups brainstorm examples of theme, irony and foreshadowing


      List on board


      Share ideas and discuss with class




    Class will draw from black box.

Extended Activities
Show the movie ” The Lottery ” at the next class meeting.

Additional Instruction:

  • Teacher will give brief history of Shirley Jackson.
  • Students will summarize the story. Teacher will ask leading questions, “What did you think of the story?” “What do you think was the theme?” “What is the author saying about this society?”
  • Handouts with the definitions of irony and foreshadowing will be handed out.
  • Students divide into groups and brainstorm for examples of irony and foreshadowing.
  • Each group will list an example on the board.
  • During this brainstorming, the teacher will place a black box in the middle of the classroom. No explanation will be given. For the closing activity, the teacher will ask each student to reach into the box and draw out a piece of paper. They will not be able to look at their papers. When they do look at their papers, the person with a mark on their paper is to stand up. Then ask the class if they are nervous. The person with the mark has actually won a good lottery; they get a free homework pass from the teacher.

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