This editable 14-question close reading assessment promotes active reading strategies, high-order analysis, and preparation for ACT reading test question types (vocabulary-in-context questions, author's voice and method questions, main idea questions, and detail questions). A copy of "He" by H.P. Lovecraft, a public domain text, is included, as is a detailed answer key. Materials are delivered as Word Documents, Google Documents, and PDFs.
With an estimated Lexile Measure of 1500-1600, this text and its corresponding active reading exercise are appropriate additions to high school short story unit, especially at the 12th grade level.
By completing this activity, secondary students will demonstrate the following:
This resource aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles and may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking.
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This resource is available in a substantially discounted bundle of short story resources. Alternatively, it is available in another massively discounted bundle, which offers access to Google Document versions of more than 440 high school English materials.