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The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Timeline

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • The King from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
    The King

    Semi-barbaric tyrant of kingdom with Latin neighbors

  • The Princess from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
    The Princess

    The King's beloved daughter

  • The Young Man from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
    The Young Man

    King’s courtier and Princess’s lover

  • The Lady from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton
    The Lady

    The woman selected for marriage for the young man

Featured Props

The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

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  • Arena
    Arena
  • Door
    Door
  • Gates
    Gates
  • Ground
    Ground
  • Heart
    Heart
  • Stairs
    Stairs
  • Throne
    Throne
  • Tiger
    Tiger
  • Window
    Window
  • Window
    Window
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Teacher Guide

The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

As a class, read "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank R. Stockton (available online).

Opening Discussion

Discuss student thoughts and prior knowledge concerning the following themes, motifs and symbols:

  • Civilized vs. uncivilized, barbaric behavior
  • Justice vs. bias
  • The inhumane human tendency to find entertainment in other's suffering
  • Jealousy, uncertainty and the inability to trust
  • Selfless love vs. Selfish love
  • Interpretation and misinterpretation
  • The public arena (symbol)
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Themes & Symbolism

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Vocabulary

    Complete during and after class reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to track major conflicts and events in the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a five panel Storyboard to illustrate TWIST analysis of the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline to illustrate an alternate ending to the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Illustrate at least five examples of irony in a Mind Map.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What are the major themes and motifs in the story? Cite specific examples to support your claim.
  • What are the symbols?
  • What is the author's purpose in writing the story?
  • How would you characterize the King?
  • How does the author seem to feel about the King?
  • How does the author use irony? Cite specific examples.
  • Why is irony important to developing the tone, purpose and theme? Be specific in your reasoning.
  • How would you characterize the Princess? Explain your reasoning.
  • How do you feel about the way the author ended the story?
  • What door do you think the Princess chose and why?
  • What door do you think the author wants us to choose, if any, and why?
  • What door would you choose and why?
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Pixton Activity: The Lady or the Tiger 1 Themes & Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Discuss student thoughts and prior knowledge concerning the following themes, motifs and symbols:

  • Civilized vs. uncivilized, barbaric behavior
  • Justice vs. bias
  • The inhumane human tendency to find entertainment in other's suffering
  • Jealousy, uncertainty and the inability to trust
  • Selfish love vs. selfless love
  • Interpretation and misinterpretation
  • The public arena (symbol)

Instructions

For at least two themes, motifs or symbols, identify at least two examples from the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme or symbol in the Mind Map title
  • Briefly describe the evidence in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the evidence
  • Include a quote or specific example that fits the theme or symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Themes & Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Lady or the Tiger 2 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create a Character Map for two characters in the story:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Lady or the Tiger 3 Vocabulary

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review examples of vocabulary words from the text or have students identify their own:

  • Barbaric
  • Polished
  • Sharpened
  • Progressiveness
  • Florid
  • Untrammeled
  • Exuberant
  • Self-communing
  • Bland
  • Genial
  • Orb
  • Valor
  • Refined
  • Rhapsodies
  • Amphitheater
  • Decrees
  • Incorruptible
  • emanated
  • Allegiance
  • Ingrafted
  • Procured
  • Doleful
  • Merited
  • Dire
  • Subordinate
  • Retribution
  • Epithalamic
  • Solemnized
  • Imperious
  • Ardor
  • Tribunal
  • Aesthetic
  • Thronged
  • Fervid
  • Moiety
  • parapet
  • Grievous
  • Reveries
  • Raptorous

Instructions

Create a Mind Map to illustrate the literal or symbolic meaning of at least four words from the text:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition of the word as it is used in the story.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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