How to Win “The Lottery” in the Classroom with “The Lottery Movie”

Here’s a nice “The Lottery” lesson plan.

Before you show either of these two movies, print out this Template Literary Interpretation T-Chart and hand it out.

Throw one of these objectives on the board; otherwise, you might “win” the principal’s observation lottery, which seems to happen when you’re sick or showing videos without objectives on the board.

  • RL.9-10.7 – Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
  • RL.11-12.7 – Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.

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I’ll start with the good version of “The Lottery.” This one was made in 2009. It’s about 9 minutes long. There is a minor swear word around the 3:15 mark. Beware.


This next “The Lottery” movie resembles the story accurately: It’s an outdated relic of the past.

If you include the video review lesson plan (above), you’ll have 18 minutes of edutainment followed by student analysis.

Here’s the video:

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