Shirley Jackson
Lesson plans for "Charles" and "The Lottery"

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"The Lottery" eNotes Response Journal
Each Response Journal includes a rich variety of writing prompts: some will take students directly into the text, while others will give students an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

Biography and Background

Shirley Jackson
Biography from Wikipedia.

Shirley Jackson
Biography from the author's official site.

"Charles"

"Charles"
Click on "Charles" to the left to find 7 printable pages of activities for this story. This extensive document contains materials for several other stories, as well. Be careful not the print the entire document unless you want all 116 pages.

"Charles"
Text of the story. Requires a word processor for access.

"Charles"
Text of the story. Follow links to PDF or Google Docs format.

"The Lottery"

New 6/2711 Facts About Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"
When the story was published in 1948, some people were so outraged that they canceled their subscriptions to The New Yorker, and other background information.

"The Lottery"
Text of the story.

"The Lottery"
This page opens with teacher comments on how to approach the story in an ELL environment. Scroll down to find activities supporting vocabulary, comprehension and word usage (cloze), essay questions, commentary, and analysis.

"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Students will connect literature to real-life situations and will recognize how the use of irony helps develop theme. This 4-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
Lesson plan.

Other Stories

"The Night We All Had Grippe"
Text of the story, also available in PDF format.

"Trial by Combat"
Text of the story; Adobe Reader required for access.