Bullet in the Brain
High School Senior’s English III
For students to critically think about the short story and discover the underlying elements of the story along with its meaning.
By the end of the lesson, I anticipate to know how each student comprehends the story, what their individual views are and see what I can do to improve their learning.
-“The Story And It’s Writer 9th Edition” by Ann Charters
-Spiral Note book
Activities: (1 Hour 30 Minutes Class Period)
- Students will write about what they believe “Bullet in the Brain” is about for a few minutes. (5 minutes)
- Students will read the story quietly to themselves and will write down questions about what they are reading to share when they’re done. (5-7 Minutes)
- Students will break into groups of three and discuss their questions amongst their peers. The group will be asked to summarize the story and analyze what is going on with the Anders and what he is feeling. They will then explain why this is important in the story. Will be picked up and graded. (30 minutes)
- After the groups have finished they will discuss what they have with the class. Each group will share their questions and explain why Anders acted the way he did. The Teacher will help guide the class into more in depth parts of the story. (30 minutes)
- Students will turn in what they have concluded from the story and write a reflective on how the story compared to their writing of what they thought the story would be about. Will be taken up and graded. (15 minutes)
Students will write a two page reflection on the days reading. They will discuss the activities done in class, the story, more questions they have, opinions on their view of the story, and the most confusing part of the story. This assignment will be taken up in the next class and will be graded.
Conclusion of lesson:
Allowing the students to help analyze the reading and comprehend what they have read. This allows the students to think outside the box on why certain things happen in the story.
The reason I chose ”Bullet in the Brain” by Tobais Wolff was because of how dark and unusual this story was. The man in the story, Anders, just can’t seem to stay quiet even when he is extreme danger which ultimately gets him killed. The story made me want to know more about his past that would make Ander’s act this way when he has a gun pointed at him. “Bullet in the Brain” is a more dark story and I love the way that Wolff makes the character act the way he does. Ander’s acts like he hates his life at points that makes me think that in a way he wanted this to happen in the end. I also found it interesting because after Ander’s is shot he has all of these memories which in a way shows the type of person Ander’s really is. This is what made me want to make a lesson plan on this story. It allows you to look at how Anders decided to take hus anger out at the wrong time and why he might have done so. This allows for a great lesson plan as well. I chose the lesson plan that would be given to a senior class because it is similar to what I did in high school and it helped me understand the material better. Working in groups, like in my college English class, allows for people to ask different questions about a story that they have just read which allows for a better understanding of the text. Groups let people be more open with each other which allows for more talk amongst each other unlike in class discussions. Some students don’t like talking t the whole class so group work is a great alternative that allows for everyone to discuss the story. Writing papers in high school made me actually have to know the story because without knowing it you wouldn’t be able to do the assignment. I think that writing papers is a great way to truly understand what a story is trying to get across to its readers. This lesson plan allows for students to get the most out of the story “Bullet in the Brain”.