Tradition, the importance of rituals, and clearly defined roles for men and women as factors that provide unity in a community come under scrutiny with a reading of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." After a whole-class discussion of sacrifice rituals and scapegoating, groups discuss Jackson's commentary on these situations. Finally, individuals reflect on how Jackson's use of irony creates a sense of horror.
- Links are provided to other lessons in the unit
- Be sure to check for prior knowledge: most juniors and seniors have studied the short story genre
- Jackson's short story appears in most freshman or sophomore anthologies