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This Reading Comprehension / Reading Vocabulary Lesson is contained within the retelling of a very popular legend, that of William Tell. The first paragraph defines what a legend is. The second paragraph describes where Switzerland, the story’s setting, is located. The rest of the 2 ½ page informational text summarizes the exciting Swiss legend about William Tell, his son, and the cruel governor who demands that William try to shoot an arrow off his son's head.
Following the informational text are 3 ½ pages of 20 multiple choice comprehension and vocabulary questions that promote the reading skills of: Making Inferences, Drawing Conclusions, Recognizing Causes-and-Effects, and Determining Details. Vocabulary words taught and tested are: bellowed, legend, paces, quiver, tremble, and tyrant. Other vocabulary words that students learn by using sentence context are: amazement, archery, defiance, gasped, hero, heroine, imprisoned, and triumph. A detailed drawing of an apple on top of the boy’s head is included. (I purposely did not include a picture of a crossbow.) Also included is an optional Bonus Question, which asks students to define the word, legendary, which is part of the lesson's title: The Legendary William Tell. As well as an answer key, I provided a link where you can listen to an orchestra playing The William Tell Overture, which just might provide a fun connection for your class. You can easily print off copies of this interesting lesson which your students will enjoy and learn from!