A Christmas Carol Stave One comprehensive reading assessment and close-reading guide will save you hours of time. Know ahead that the close-reading guide can be used in whole or in part for whenever or wherever you want the students to practice their close-reading skills. You may want the students to respond in writing to a few questions, but I designed them to help students have an oral dialogue with a reading peer. The assessment is an objective-type matching format; the students match quotations with their literary interpretation. I suggest using the first stave as a mentor text for an interactive read aloud. Depending upon the length of your English/Language Arts periods, the read aloud could span over a few days. You may decide to have the class read the entire novel, or you can just the use the first chapter as an enticement for independent reading selections. Before you begin, set the context for your students by reviewing . . .
1) the poor/work houses of Victorian England;
2) Charles Dickens and his literary works;
3) the author’s use of repetition, specifically with the literary number of three;
4) a theme statement;
5) an allusion;
6) an allegory;
7) parallel structure;
8) a pun/play on words.
In this document, expect to find thirty-three literary discussion questions and a twenty-question matching quiz with an answer key.I designed the questions with the Common Core in mind. Although the assessment has just twenty questions, it is challenging and accurately assesses a student’s understanding of the text.
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After reading this with your students, you might like to show Disney’s 2009 version of A Christmas Carol, a computer animated motion-capture fantasy film. It really holds students’ attention.
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Carolann Reznick~Literacy Rigor