Teaching about author's style can be a challenge. . . but not when using rich literature like Stephen Vincent Benet's classic short story "By the Waters of Babylon!" These 2 close reading activities will have your students delving into the short story focusing on Benet's use of diction and voice, and then analyzing his use of similes and metaphors. Included in this pack will be some advice on using annotation with your students, a model of annotation, and answer keys. Also, possible follow-up activities are suggested. All the work is done for you, and you'll receive $2 off the price of purchasing the activities individually.