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This informational text close reading and craftivity makes a perfect stand-alone assignment or an interesting informational text pairing for The Masque of the Red Death or the Romeo and Juliet masquerade scene. Students will read the informational text passage and answer close reading questions in the margins of the page. The craftivity allows students to design a mask that fits their personality based on a color connotation worksheet that is provided (they could also design a mask in the colors that best match a character). These masks can be used for bulletin boards or can be worn as real masks. Along with these activities, there is also a personal narrative writing prompt and brainstorming map if you want to extend the theme of the informational text.
The informational text focuses on finding word meaning within context and making inferences making it a wonderful test prep activity. Answer key is included!
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This lesson can be used digitally or traditional (print). If you want to see how this close reading is done digitally, please copy and paste this link into your browser:
You may also like a similar close reading activity found in my history-teacher husband's store: