Lesson: The Lottery

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to recognize plot elements in short stories and analyze characters- their traits, motivations, conflicts, points of view, relationships, and changes.

Lesson Plan

Do Now

Students will complete one of the reading comprehension exercises in the do now packet.



Today we are reading "The Lottery" and will looking at the main characters of this short story.  First we will define character traits, types of characters and then we will look directly at "The Lottery" to help us better understand this.  Students will also see how characters change over the course of a text.

(Ask students)
Who are the two main characters of this story?

Direct Instruction:
Student will do a guided notes activity to define the following:

  • static character
  • dynamic characters
  • indirect characterization
  • direct characterization

Guided Practice:

Students and teachers will read the short story.  Students will read this independently, while teacher pulls a small group of struggling readers to read with.


Independent Practice:

Students will work in groups to complete the reading comprehension questions. (Attached)



Provide 3 Examples of charater traits for one character

Lesson Resources

THe Lottery Review Short Story   Activity


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