This product contains the full text of Kate Chopin's "The Locket" as well as over 20 close reading, text dependent questions that students will answer throughout the story to help develop an understanding of the short story. There is also an attached key for your convenience.
Students are asked to draw conclusions, make inferences, cite textual evidence, analyze complex fiction text, and to determine the meaning of vocabulary words through the use of context clues.
Synopsis: This sombre story with a surprising twist takes place during the Civil War. A young Confederate soldier wears the locket of his lady love around his neck in battle. Unfortunately, the locket is returned to the young woman after it is found on the body of a soldier after a skirmish. The locket, which once symbolized her love for him, becomes a poignant reminder of his death. The beautiful Spring mocks her sadness; the time of renewal makes it seem like anything, even a miracle is possible...
I embed this close reading activity within a Civil War cross curricular unit with my 8th grade students. Throughout this unit, we participate in literature circles with a variety of Civil War novels and also read analyze primary source documents and Civil War short stories. Out of the stories we read, this one seems to be the favorite. My students love the drama of the love story element, but also verbally exclaim in the middle of class as the plot twist unfolds. The engaging content helps them with the "heavy lifting" of a more complex text.
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.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
Keywords: no prep close reading activities, Civil War fiction, Civil War short stories, analyzing complex texts, close reading, close reading example, text dependent questions