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The ability to closely read and analyze text is central to Common Core. Using four classic short stories, this MASSIVE mega-bundle
includes close reading activities—with detailed lesson plans, full texts of stories, and answer keys—so that students can read with a purpose, extract key concepts and comprehend at a deeper level. But that is just the beginning! There are also TONS of fun activities and handouts
that will engage your students while they master a host of CCSS skills—all while having fun along the way! Not to mention pre- and post-reading PowerPoints to invigorate your students’ interest and help them apply what they've learned. The 140+ page bundle, intended for high school and/or advanced middle school students, includes:
Symbolism, Allegory & Imagery: “Masque of the Red Death” (Poe)
• Detailed 1-3 Day Close Reading Lesson Plan
• Full Text of Story—organized with numbered paragraphs for quick reference, so that students can annotate the text as they read
• Symbolism Activity and Handout—to help students identify and analyze important symbols and their significance.
• Room Symbolism and Source Text Activity—to enable students to analyze the deeper meaning of Poe’s room colors after exploring Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” and the Seven Deadly sins.
• Copy of Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man”—including definitions of challenging terms, so students can analyze and compare source materials to the author’s work.
• Imagery Handout—to help students identify imagery and sensory details, analyzing how they help to create mood.
• Fun Theme and Mood Activity—a creative activity in which students act as party DJ, choosing a playlist that reflects the story’s mood and themes and explaining their selections.
• Reader Response Activity—students reflect upon and write about what they learned, citing evidence from the text
• Pre/Post-Reading PowerPoint
—Fully editable PowerPoint backgrounder with thought–provoking journal prompts, literary terms and activities (for allegory, symbolism and imagery), vocabulary and definitions, author information, historical context (including links to videos on the Black Plague) as well as comprehension and post-reading discussion questions. (Also included as a PDF to bypass any potential technical issues.)
Irony: “The Open Window” (Saki) Close Reading Unit and Pre/Post-Reading PowerPoint
• Detailed 1-2 Day Close Reading Lesson Plan
• Full Text of the Story
• Irony Graphic Organizer—to help students identify and analyze examples of irony in the story and categorize by type
• Irony Skit Assignment and Graphic Organizer—an assignment that allows students to have fun and show their creativity, all while learning about irony; includes a graphic organizer for them to brainstorm ideas for a skit they will write and perform
• Irony Skit Rubric—to help make grading clear and easy, and more importantly, to help student understand the goals and expectations of the assignnment
• Study/Discussion Questions—to help students comprehend key plot developments, make inferences and analyze deeper meanings within the story
• Context Clues Vocabulary Activity—students make predictions on the meanings of vocabulary words from the story, revising their responses when encountering the words in their reading and using clues from the text and a dictionary to determine final definitions
• Plot Summary Chart—students summarize key events in the plot, identifying where they belong in the classic story-telling arc.
• Pre/Post Reading PowerPoint
Includes: funny, memorable, real-life examples of all three types of irony with photos, links to videos and examples from language and literature; fun, creative activities to help students deepen their learning; review activities and more. (Included as fully editable PPT and PDF.)
• “Isn’t it Ironic?” (“Um, Not Really.”)—a fun improve-the-irony activity using Alanis Morissette’s hugely popular but highly criticized song. (Also offered for free
in my TPT store.)
Inference/Textual Evidence: “Story of an Hour” (Chopin):
• Detailed 1-3 Day Close Reading Lesson Plan
• Full Text of the Story—organized with numbered paragraphs for quick reference
• Thought-provoking Journal Prompts—to build interest and activate prior knowledge
• Text Analysis Activities—including directed note-taking, for individual and small group learning
• Engaging Reader Response Activities—to help students reflect upon their learning and write about it
• Thought-provoking Discussion Questions—to get students writing and talking about the most important concepts of the story
• Vocabulary Inventory—to introduce new words, determine which ones students need most help with pre-reading and to monitor growth afterwards
• Vocabulary Building—to help students learn new vocabulary by connecting to words in a meaningful way
• Plot Diagram—to help students record the most important events in the story
• Fun Theme Activity—to determine universal themes of the story and connect them with modern music
Plot/Foreshadowing: “The Monkey’s Paw” (Jacobs):
• Full Text of the Story
• Thought-provoking Pre- and Post- reading Journal Prompts and discussion questions
• Anticipation Guide—to activate students’ prior knowledge and introduce themes
• Pre- and Post- Reading Vocabulary Inventory—to gauge student understanding of words and monitor growth
• Vocabulary Builder Graphic Organizer—to help students connect to and remember new words
• Comprehension Questions—to ensure students understand key events and characters
• Plot Diagram—students summarize the story and identify critical events
• Foreshadowing and Textual Evidence Graphic Organizer—students closely reread the text, citing passages that foreshadow future events
• Fun Theme Activity—students analyze multiple themes from the story, then connect them to contemporary music of their choice
• Extended Thinking Activity—students use creative and critical thinking to create their own wish list along with possible consequences
PLUS detailed answer keys for every activity and handout in order to save you time and generally make your life easier!
All these products are sold separately in my store. Buy them together and SAVE ALMOST 50%!
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