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Crime fiction appeals to many high school readers and maximizes engagement with literature. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl is a darkly comedic short story belonging to a subgenre called revenge fantasy, as it details a husband’s murder at the hands of his wife (and the frozen leg of a lamb). This close reading analysis worksheet helps English teachers extend reading comprehension and support the process of critical thinking. An answer key is included. Materials are delivered in a zip file containing editable Word Documents and printable PDFs. By completing the close reading activity, students will perform the following tasks:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Discern the narrative’s inciting incident
  • Analyze the setting and its immediate effect on the audience
  • Determine the tone of a given passage
  • Analyze nuances in words with similar meanings
  • Examine how complex characters think, behave, develop, and interact
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including situational irony, foreshadowing, ambiguity, and more
  • Discern the most relevant theme from among several options
  • Argue whether Mary is portrayed as an intelligent individual
  • Defend claims with valid reasoning and relevant textual evidence
  • Write ideas with clarity, accuracy, and precision
  • Come to class/leave class better prepared to discuss literary materials