The Fly

Take a look at the symbolism and themes in Katharine Mansfield's short story "The Fly." After reading the story, class members respond to six questions that require literary analysis and text connections.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair this with additional texts that examine the ideas of power and vulnerability
  • Read and annotate the text as a class
  • Invite pupils to work with partners when answering the questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Since the questions require a good deal of analysis, you may need to provide additional support for students
  • Consider making your own worksheet out of the questions listed at the end of the story
Pros

  • Comes with a copy of the story
  • Questions require higher-level thinking
Cons

  • None
Common Core