Saki “The Storyteller” Short Story Literary Analysis & Irony, PDF & Google Drive

Use these materials to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony (situational irony, verbal irony, and dramatic irony) and facilitate a deep reading and discussion of Saki’s attention-grabbing short story, “The Storyteller.”

This 10-page PDF package (with Google Drive versions of all student handouts) includes:

• Step-by-step suggested lesson procedure (can be left as an emergency sub plan) with high-quality audiobook link

• Warm-up grid worksheet where students determine whether real-life scenarios are examples of situational irony, verbal irony, or dramatic irony (includes answer key)

• Full-text copy of “The Storyteller,” a public domain short story by Saki (H.H. Munro)

• Handout with 14 short answer questions designed to get teens thinking deeply about the text (includes answer key)

• A 16-item assessment/quiz designed to be used a day or two after the lesson to determine whether students understand the differences between situational, verbal, and dramatic irony

Both the warm-up grid worksheet and 16-item assessment/quiz do not need to be used with Saki’s “The Storyteller” in order to be effective. They were designed to complement Saki’s short story, but they also work as stand-alone activities to reinforce students’ understanding of the three types of irony.

Please note that this short story lesson is NOT included in my four-week Short Story Unit bundle.

Download includes: 10-page PDF + Google Drive versions of student handouts (uneditable)

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