LOVE Short Story by William Maxwell: Close Reading, Figurative Language Activity

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Standards
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Pages
8 pages
$2.00
$2.00
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Description

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.

Included:
3-page short story
Comprehension check: 8 text-based questions
Answer key with highlighting and explanations

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

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