This reading guide can be used by students to work independently, collaboratively, or in a teacher guided lesson. The guide uses clip are to make it visually appealing and contains blank spaces for student responses. It's ready to print and copy. The questions a tied directly to the text and leads students to a better understanding of realism and naturalism. There is also a focus on figurative language along with an emphasis on textual evidence. Included in the electronic versions are hyperlinks to popular culture movie clips from Meatballs and The Wizard of Oz to help assist student understanding of major thematic concepts.