This 8-page document contains a highlighted and unhighlighted version of the short story. Each version is 4 pages. The zip file contains a Microsoft Word version and a PDF version.
Since "Hills Like White Elephants" can be read in a very brief amount of time, I tend to make my students read it 5 to 10 plus times. After the initial read, I like students to go through the story and highlight the dialogue. Some dialogue, in particular the dialogue that does not have a dialogue tag, can be confusing for students. Later reads can be "performed" in groups of 4 students (man, girl, woman, narration).
By highlighting the man and the girl's words, it helps students to have a deeper understanding of what is going on beneath the surface. SUBTEXT and reading between the lines is everything with this story.
With every additional read, I push students to dig deeper and formulate an argument about what the man and the girl are truly disagreeing about. Likewise, I push students to consider to the girl's tone when she says, "And afterwards they were all so happy." "Hills Like White Elephants" is the perfect story to introduce your students to the concept of close reading.
HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS QUIZ