Have students demonstrate their ability to decipher unfamiliar vocabulary using context clues with passages from O. Henry's short story "Hearts and Hands." Students will be directed to highlight clues in the text that helped them define chosen words.
Questions are modeled after those on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Check out the "Hearts and Hands" Packet for more activities like this and electronic versions of assignments that mirror the online Smarter Balanced format. (These activities are a way to prepare your students for the test, without sacrificing content or "teaching to the test.")