This resource is a great way to teach the short story “The Pie” by Gary Soto!
In 872 words, this flash fiction story is about a boy who steals a pie at a German market. The pacing of this piece is masterful as the protagonist struggles with the tension between his desire to eat the pie and his feelings of shame and guilt for stealing it. This story always inspires fun discussions of situational ethics and how easy it is to rationalize things that should be objectively wrong. There are also surprising Biblical allusions that students can unpack.
Included in this resource:
- Suggested Lesson Procedure
- Before reading Anticipation Guide
- Reading Comprehension and Discussion Questions
- Plot Diagram
- Figurative Language Analysis Graphic Organizer
- Answer keys!
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