Reflection: Grappling with Complexity The Bet, Part 1: Sequence of events in a complex text - Section 2: Reading and Mapping the Story with a Sequencing Template


This text is so rich and interesting, and the kids -- once they understand the sequencing -- usually have a lot to talk about.  After many readings, the part of the story that I find most interesting is the last sentence:

"To avoid unnecessary rumors he took the paper with the renunciation from the table and, on his return, locked it in the safe."  

This is a detail that the kids, in their state of wonderment about the lawyer deliberately forfeiting such riches, usually overlook.  Maybe it's not the most important detail in the story, but it is one that is so indicative of Chekhov's perspective on human beings and their tendencies.

The banker has this huge epiphany after reading the lawyer's renunciation.  The text describes him as feeling "great contempt" for himself, and tears "kept him long from sleep."  But then, the next morning rolls around and his servants discover that the lawyer is, indeed, gone, the banker returns to form and tucks the letter away "to avoid unnecessary rumors."


  "To avoid unnecessary rumors..."
  Grappling with Complexity: "To avoid unnecessary rumors..."
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The Bet, Part 1: Sequence of events in a complex text

Unit 7: Short Stories, Plays, and Elements of Fiction
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT construct their own sequence of events chart after reading Anton Chekhov's "The Bet."

Big Idea: Before we can dig deep, we have to find out where the power lines are!

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English / Language Arts, sequence of events, art and literature
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