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Symbolism in "The Lottery"

Grade Level Grades 9-12
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This lesson is part of a two week unit on tradition and culture. The short story used in this lesson is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. The class has been reading this text for a week, examining the character development and the big question of “How does tradition impact a culture,” and discussing this question each day. At end of this unit students will produce a piece of writing on symbolism and irony. Aligned to CCSS: RL.9-10.10, W.9-10.9, SL.9-10.1

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By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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