Here is a handout I have used for the short story "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton. The class reads the story as a group, stopping periodically to discuss. After reading, students work with a partner to complete the close reading handout.
Questions address skills such as:
On the first page, students answer questions related to what is literally and metaphorically happening in the story, the tone of the story, and possible themes for the story. On the second page, students answer a variety of text-dependent questions (TDQs) that require them to provide evidence from the text (EBAs).