This close reading comprehension activity addresses figurative language (foreshadowing), close-reading or text-based reading (requiring the use of evidence from the text) and quote analysis.
Students will read the classic 3-page short story by William Maxwell (included), then complete 8 comprehension questions. The final activity, which my students do in small groups, is to look back through the text for examples of figurative language / foreshadowing of the final outcome of the story.
Including sharing and discussing, this activity takes my 8th graders 90 minutes to complete. It is a great activity to use as an introduction to a short story unit or a fiction unit on figurative language.
3-page short story
Comprehension check: 8 text-based questions
Answer key with highlighting and explanations
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