This editable 12-question close reading assessment promotes active reading strategies, facilitates high-order analysis, and prepares students for ACT reading test question types (vocabulary-in-context questions, author's voice and method questions, main idea questions, and detail questions). A copy of "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" by H.P. Lovecraft is included, as is a detailed answer key. Materials are delivered as Word Documents, Google Documents, and PDFs.
With an estimated Lexile Measure of 1300-1400, this text and its corresponding active reading exercise are appropriate additions to high school short story, Halloween, or horror units, especially at the 11th and 12th grade levels.
By completing this activity, secondary students will demonstrate the following:
This resource aligns well to Academic Literacy Project teaching principles and may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers' reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers -- and teacher -- comprehend their thinking.
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This product is available in a substantially discounted bundle of short story resources. Alternatively, it is available in another massively discounted bundle, which offers access to Google Document versions of more than 400 high school English materials.