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Reading Comprehension for Short Story/Poetry--5 of 5 pieces

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This is a 2.5-page poem, using the popular, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" poem format, which is designed to help students develop reading comprehension skills. The poem is original (my writing but using a pen name), and contemporary taking place in today's setting. The title is "'Twas", and it is written in stanzas of 4 lines each. The plot surrounds marriage and domestic violence which can be hidden. Thus, while the older "...Night Before..." poem is about fantasy and fun, the comparison task is to see that "'Twas" has serious contemporary themes surrounding abuse and conflict. Students are asked 19 multiple choice questions, which lead them to draw conclusions regarding the legal system not being a "Santa Claus" type of venue for granting wishes, but working with laws and rites. The 20th question asks students to mark phrases/wording which are similar in both poems (both poems are provided). Some questions ask about stanza, theme, etc. (so students need to know some literature terms, or teach them as you go). Answers with brief explanations are also included. This is literature piece #5 of a series of 5 intended for reading comprehension, especially short story/short work pieces.
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