This handout is a complete unit and includes a reading assessment of the short story, By the Waters of Babylon written by Stephen Vincent Benet. This 19-page handout contains a full version of the story with side-by-side text and reading assessment questions. All story questions, graphic organizers and essay prompts follow the requirements set forth in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy. The specific standard is listed next to each question so teachers will know how it fits the CCSS expectations.
The following is included in the assessment:
The entire text of the short story By the Waters of Babylon
Side-by-side assessment questions for the story. Each question has the Common Core Standard listed next to for easy reference.
Graphic Organizers for interactively reading the text.
The Hero's Journey - An interactive handout that looks at how the story can represent the epic hero character's journey. This mini-lesson contains two handouts that can be used as a separate assignment or in conjunction with the reading assessment.
Six Essay Response Questions for By the Waters of Babylon
An answer key for the reading questions.
A glossary with a full length description of the Common Core Standards used in creating the handout.
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