"The Ghosts" is one of Ray Bradbury's wonderful, but often overlooked, short stories. It is a hilarious story and the ending sometimes goes overlooked by the students. As with all materials, be sure to pre-read the story first so you know whether or not it will work with the make up of your classes.
Like all of Bradbury's work, "The Ghosts" has a plethora of literary devices for students to identify and apply. Included in this product is an activating prompt, during reading analysis questions and a post reading reflective prompt.
The answer key and the five page short story are also included!
This free product covers the following Common Core State Standards:
Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.11-12.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Thank you and happy teaching! :)
Key Words: Ray Bradbury, "The Ghosts," short story, irony, close reading, analysis.