This 'worlds collide' doomsday tale is a great way to engage students with classic literature. The full text of the 1897 short story is annotated with explanatory notes, including in-text vocabulary definitions. Common Core-aligned questions guide students' comprehension and encourage higher-level thinking. In "The Star", H.G. Wells paints a vivid picture of an apocalyptic disaster when an asteroid collides with Neptune and heads toward Earth.
This complete packet includes THREE versions of the story to meet your needs: (1) fully annotated with b/w clipart or (2) a version with minimal illustrations, plus (3) a copy of only the story (no annotations/questions).
*Text of the story with embedded notes, definitions, questions and short author biography. B/W clipart and borders appropriate for middle school. (See the Preview for two full sample pages)
*Vocabulary – matching and fill in your own unknown words chart (see the Preview for a sample)
*Optional answer sheet (decorated writing paper); students can attach additional sheets of their own notebook paper.
*Answer Key with teacher notes, including literal answers and possible answers for open-ended questions
*Text with notes, questions, and bio with minimal clipart, perhaps more suitable for high school
*Full text of the story without notes/questions or clipart
*List of Common Core Standards for Literature, Grades 7-10, that are covered
Main ideas, details, character study, interpretation, literary terms such as foreshadowing, figurative language, point of view, theme, and more.
Use for the whole class, literature circles, homework, a choice on a menu of options, extra credit and more. Perfect choice if you don't have time for a classic novel. Scaffolded format makes the language accessible to all students. Also an excellent cross-curricular selection for an ELA/Science unit on astronomy.
Classic short stories for the holidays:
A Child's Christmas in Wales; Close Reading for Dylan Thomas Classic
'A Christmas Memory' Fun Short Story by Truman Capote
Short Story for It's a Wonderful Life
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