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Summarizing a Short Story: H.P. Lovecraft

Grade Levels
11th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
Formats Included
  • Word Document File
7 pages
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This document includes:

-the short story "The Terrible Old Man" by H. P. Lovecraft (divided into three parts)

-worksheets for every activity

-an answer key at the end

Divide the class into three groups so each reads one part of the short story "The Terrible Old Man" by H. P. Lovecraft. Using the worksheets, students write notes on the main ideas of their part, then write a short summary using only their notes.

Once complete, they report to each other on their part of the story, and take notes. The best way to do this is to form three-person groups, each consisting of one person who has read each part of the story.

Afterward, everyone should be able to summarize the whole story.

At the end, I like to review as a class, and ask my students to explain a part of the story they heard about from another student.

This handout can lead into so may other activities, and you can use this format with any short story you'd like!

Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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