Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)

Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
Julius Caesar Close Reading Passage & Questions (Act 1, Scene 1)
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This close reading assessment features 10 text-dependent, high-order questions to promote improved reading comprehension and analysis of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 1). By engaging in this exercise, students will analyze character motivations, examine word choices to discern meaning, draw logical inferences about the significance of given details, analyze details to draw reasoned inferences, apply knowledge of literary devices with emphasis on metaphor, and articulate ideas in writing with clarity and precision. An answer key with detailed rationale for each correct option is included, as are Word Document, Google Document, and PDF versions of the assessment.

Specifically, questions pertain to the following:

  • Using the context of a passage to discern aspects of the author's craft (the incorporation of trade-related puns among commoners)
  • Analyzing character statements and behaviors to draw logical inferences about character development and motivations
  • Analyzing complex vocabulary and phrasing in context to determine meaning and intended effect
  • Applying knowledge of literary devices to the text with an emphasis on metaphor and hyperbole
  • Analyzing text to determine its primary purpose
  • Understanding historical context
  • Analyzing textual details to discern and articulate their significance to the plot
  • Articulating ideas with clarity and precision

This resource aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles. These worksheets serve well 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.

In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read and comprehend complex texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.

This product is available in a massively discounted bundle, which offers access to Google Document versions of more than 400 high school English materials.

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Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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