No doubt educators want their students to be able to enjoy reading the stories they give them. Yet, the inevitable reality is that in some form or another students are going to be asked to recall what they have read. They are often very opinionated about the selections given to them or how educators ask them to recall parts of the story. Being that this is so, the two handouts in this packet are ideal for the students to complete. They are not so overburdening that the students are turned off to the story, yet, the educator can assign points to each section, gauge whether or not the students have in fact read the story, as well as give them an opportunity to state whether the story they read was good or bad. This last part helps the students gain a sense of self and builds their voice towards literature in a manner that is still academic.
These handouts can be used with any short story and can be taken as a solo grade as well as a foundation for other deeper learning activities.