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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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Featured Layouts

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

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster

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

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings short stories to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Main Characters

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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

  • Tessie Hutchinson from The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Tessie Hutchinson

    The loser of the lottery

  • Old Man Warner from The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Old Man Warner

    The oldest man in the village

  • Mr. Summers from The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Mr. Summers

    The man who organizes the lottery

  • Bill Hutchinson from The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Bill Hutchinson

    Tessie’s husband

  • Mr. Harry Graves from The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
    Mr. Harry Graves

    The man who assists Mr. Summers in the lottery

Featured Props

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

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  • Backpack
    Backpack
  • Bird
    Bird
  • Box
    Box
  • House
    House
  • Rock
    Rock
  • Scar
    Scar
  • Stool
    Stool
  • Town
    Town
  • Tree
    Tree
  • Wall
    Wall
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Teacher Guide

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Step 1Class discussion with students

Ask students to define what a lottery is. Have them share any stories they may have about lotteries, and winning or losing.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard, Comic Strip, or ...
    Imagery

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  • Make a Graphic Novel, Poster, or ...
    Symbolism

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster either for or against the lottery, giving reasons why.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Where do we see irony in this story?
  • What is the point of view of this story?
  • Why do you think the author wrote the story this way?
  • What effect does it have on the reader?
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Pixton Activity: The Lottery 1 Imagery

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Graphic Novel

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Create a comic using 1-5 panels, and choose a scene from the story to develop.

Be sure to read the chosen section of the story carefully, paying attention to details.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

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 image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
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
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Imagery in “The Lottery” by Student

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Pixton Activity: The Lottery 2 Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are many important symbols in this short story, including:

  • The black box
  • The children’s attitudes
  • The stones

Instructions

Choose one of the symbols above and create a comic including :

  • What it symbolizes
  • Why it’s important
  • An important quote regarding that symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: 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 symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism 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 (supporting examples identified) • 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 Lottery 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in The Lottery are:

  • The reluctance to reject outdated traditions
  • The wickedness of ordinary people
  • The consequences of following the crowd

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the paragraph or page number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

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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