This 3-page reading activity packet on the short story "By the Waters of Babylon" by Stephen Vincent Benet includes story vocabulary, figurative language prompt, critical thinking questions, and a journal writing activity.
This is a classic American short story whose echos can be heard in much of our contemporary dystopian literature, TV, and film including The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead.
The activities included encourage students to think deeply about the story and its implications. The journal activity challenges students to take on the person of John, the protagonist, and describe his world and his experience from his perspective.
Students will love By the Waters of Babylon!