The study of foreshadowing can provide a firm groundwork in making predictions, a valuable life skill for most of us. Using an author’s hints, a reader might foresee what will occur later in the story. Understanding foreshadowing can also make students more careful readers and encourage them to pay more attention to detail.
FORESHADOWING INFORMATION SHEET
The information sheet includes a discussion of foreshadowing and prediction, followed by a reading selection. After reading the selection, the students should make a prediction based on what was foreshadowed in the story. All of the choices given are valid so the correct answer is D “All of the above.” An analysis is provided including a list of hints from the reading to validate the prediction. In-class discussion should review this analysis.
FORESHADOWING EXERCISE 1
Exercise one includes a reading divided into two sections. The sections appear on two separate pages, allowing students to answer questions midway through the reading which identify hints foreshadowing future events in the story. Class discussion should follow the first page of the exercise.
Page two of the exercise requires students to finish the reading selection then reevaluate their predictions. A graphic organizer asks them to record what was foreshadowed along with the hints that justify the prediction. Again class discussion will help clarify points for the students.
FORESHADOWING EXERCISE 2
This exercise may be assigned for homework. It uses a new reading selection to assess whether students understand foreshadowing and are able to make logical predictions. Again they must read carefully and pay attention to detail. Page two of this exercise allows for a creative writing addition to the assignment.