Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter Short Story Analysis Activities (Horror)


You’ll love these short story analysis activities for Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter horror story! This resource contains a wide variety of no-prep worksheets for the short story, including a plot diagram, characterization tasks, a wanted poster, and more! Printable? Digital? It’s all included to save precious planning time!


Analyze Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter with these activities:

Plot Diagram – Can your students identify each significant event on the plot structure for Lamb to the Slaughter?

Character Transformation – With an activity similar to a character autopsy, students will analyze Mary Maloney at the beginning of the short story and again at the end.

Character Pies – As an alternative to the activity above, students will analyze Mary & Patrick Maloney by creating a traits & behaviors pie chart for both characters.

Then vs. Now Comparison – Give students an opportunity to look closely at the story and pull out setting details that showcase life in the 1940s-1950s. Then, have them compare those events to contemporary times.

Irony Scavenger Hunt – Students will take a closer look at Roald Dahl’s masterful use of all three types of literary irony in Lamb to the Slaughter by identifying examples of verbal, situational, and dramatic irony in the short story.

Wanted Poster – Have students create a WANTED poster for Mary Maloney.

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Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5

RL.7.1, 7.2, 7.3

RL.8.1, RL.8.2

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