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Lesson: The Most Dangerous Game


Author: Model Lesson: Jessica Steel
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 7 - 9

Introduction

Dear Students, Have you ever hunted? Have you ever wanted to hunt? We will read the adventure story "The Most Dangerous Game" to explore these questions. Use reading strategies to help you understand.

Goals

You will be able to practice making sensible predictions. You will be able to practice visualizing images presented in a text. You will be able to comprehend the pieces of the text more effectively because you have gained an understand of the text's vocabulary.

Directions

Let's begin with our first activity: what's in a title?


Background Builder Background

Title: Do you want to know more about hunting? URL: http://www.safaribwana.com/
Directions: This site shows safari hunters in Africa. View the images and see what you learn about hunting.


Title: Richard Connell URL: http://www.intercoursewiththedead.com/danggame.htm
Directions: This site will show you background information on Richard Connell. Read his biographical information to learn more about the "The Most Dangerous Game" and Richard Connell.


Title: Do you want to know more about animal rights? URL: http://www.sharkonline.org/
Directions: Some people feel strongly about advocating for animal rights. View this website to see what these people have to say about the mistreatment of animals.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message: Use the dictionary to find the meaning of any unfamiliar words. Below is a list of words that will help you understand this story.
Vocabulary Words:
dank unpleasantly damp; humid
palpable obvious; touched; felt
lore store of knowledge about a particular subject
taint to stain or corrupt with something
indolently lazy; sluggish
brier a root used for making pipes
doggedly trailing persistently
extremity greatest or utmost degree
staccato abrupt; cut short
forbidding threatening; unpleasant
floundered to move clumsily
lacerated mangled; torn
flushed forced
palatial grand, like a palace
leering casting a malicious look
bizarre odd; whimsical; grotesque
baronial type of hall of noblemen in lower ranks
refectory dining hall
twoscore 40 men
palates roof of the mouth
amenities something that contributes to physical or material comfort
affable easy to speak to; gracious
appraising to evaluate; judge; estimate
ardent passionate; enthusiastic
imprudent indiscreet; rash
quarry prey
grisly gruesome
naive lacking experience and understanding
Providence God; divine care
blandly mild, dull
eludes evade or escape from (using cleverness or skill)
tartar an adversary that is difficult to overcome


Activity: Part 1: What's in a title?


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Goals

To predict using information from the title.

Directions

The author thinks long and hard about the title for his/her piece. Use the prediction strategy to make your best guess about what this short story might be about.



Activity: Part 2 - visualize


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Goals

To create a visualization, access prior knowledge and use foreshadowing clues.

Directions

Read the opening of the story and stop with the paragraph that begins with "An abrupt sound startled him." Create a dramatic visualization to share in class. Be sure to draw on your prior knowledge about danger and games.



Activity: Part 3: chose your own strategies


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Goals

To practice using reading strategies and express your understanding of the text.

Directions

Read the rest of the story. Use two strategies of your own choosing to respond to the text as you read. When you finish, use the SUMMARIZE strategy to recap the important parts of the story.




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