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The Lady, or the Tiger?

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on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of The Lady, or the Tiger?

"literature is used to denote original - not adapted - fairly short, and fairly contemporary fiction, poetry or drama (Gajdusek, 1988, p. 228)."
Ambiguous Theme
love, justice, value of human life, free will, morality in making choices
Engaging Content
Unique Ending
4 Level Sequence
1 -
Vocabulary (Cloze Exercise)
Historical Context (Ordeals, Middle Ages)
Emotional Engagement (Answer: Which emotion is stronger, love or jealousy? or Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? How did you decide what to do?
Factual In-Class Work
Reading for meaning and content (1st reading in class)
Reading for the “who, what (happens), where and when (Gajdusek, 1988, p. 238)” - 2nd reading at home
Comprehension check questions to supplement reading
3 -
Dramatic Plot Structure
Unique ending - no resolution or denouement
Students identify the climax and class discussion ensues
Theme - in groups (various themes are possible, just need textual support)
Figurative Language
“and some of his orbs got out of their orbits”
4 -
Extended Activities
Debate or enactment about how the story would end
Journal entries (Expressive Writing)
Do you think you can ever truly trust another human being?
Do you believe any person has the right to decide the fate of another human being?
Pre-Reading Activity
“Our primary goal is to foster a maximally involving, communicative setting in which to teach greater linguistic and communicative competence (Gajdusek, 1988, p. 234).”
Worldview Integrationn
Which emotion is stronger, jealousy or love?
Can you ever really trust another human being?
Should anyone have the right to decide the fate of another human being?

Faith integration
Who's job should it be to judge?
Is the ordeal system a fair system if fate is left in the hands of God? Why or why not?
Frank Stockton
The Lady, or the Tiger?
Scenarios - Discussion
Scenario 1: If an individual is suspected of murder, no man should be able to judge him. This should only be God’s job.
Do you agree or disagree with this sentiment? Why?
Scenario 2: If an individual is suspected of stealing from a store an appropriate way to find out if he is guilty is to burn his hand and cover it with a bandage. In three days time, if the wound had completely healed it would mean God had healed him because he was innocent. If the wound got worse it would mean God had deemed him guilty.
Do you believe this is a good way of finding out who is guilty or not? Why?

Using the Picture
Elicit what the students notice
Guess which time period it is from

Middle Ages - break them into groups to discuss what they already know about the middle ages (gives students opportunity to utilize their prior knowledge and share their expertise (Gajdusek)
Historical Context
Give Students information on Ordeals:

In the Middle Ages, justice was carried out through ordeals. Ordeals assumed God would intervene to show who was guilty and who was innocent. There were many different kinds of ordeals:
A) Ordeal by Combat: Two people would fight to the death, and the person who survived was assumed to have been given strength by God because he was innocent. Thus, the person who died would have to have deserved it because he was guilty.
B) Ordeal by Fire
C) Ordeal by Cold Water

Pre-reading Activities
Read in Class (Extensive Reading, Macalister, 2008)
Read at home for detail and answer:
1) When do you think this story was written? What clues are you given in the text that made you think this?
2) Where did this story take place? What clues are you given in the text that made you think this?
3) Was the ‘Lady’ telling this story? How do you know?
a) Is the narrator able to know the thoughts of any of the characters? Which one/ones?
b) Who do you think is telling this story?
4) Who are the main characters? Who are the minor characters?
5) Who was chosen to be placed in the arena and choose a door to open?
6) What was the hard decision the princess had to make?

Factual In-Class Work
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