Use this lesson to introduce close reading strategies with the short story "Charles" by Shirley Jackson. This is a great back-to-school story to read, but can also work at any time during the year!
Following the close reading method, students will be directed to read the story three times. The first read will have students looking more at the surface for basic understanding. On their second read, students will dig deeper with four text dependent questions. For the third read, students will craft a short essay that analyzes the author's choices looking at point of view.
Please note - this does NOT include the text from the story; however, there is a link to the story included. While a key included, text dependent questions allow for many possible answers.The key is intended to be used more as a guideline.
There is a rubric included for the short essay. No points have been assigned to allow for you to use it within your classroom system.
This meets Common Core Reading Literature standards 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.6. If the optional extension with "The Lottery" is used, you could also meet 8.5.
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