Richard Connell’s famous short story “The Most Dangerous Game” is sure to please even the most reluctant readers. First, with this purchase, you have a PowerPoint slide deck to help you and the students with a close-reading review of the story. THE STUDENTS SHOULD READ THE STORY IN ITS ENTIRETY FIRST BEFORE USING THE CLOSE-READING DECK. In the first section of this document, you will find the answer key needed to aid in the class discussion of the story. The information in the key is also in the notes section of the slides. In addition, you will find a reading assessment complete with key. Students may work on this assessment with the story in front of them. The format of the assessment allows a teacher who needs to modify to do so with ease: The teacher may have students work on only a few of the matching tables or eliminate the extra item in Column B so that it is a one-to-one match. On the last page of the assessment, the matching will assess a student’s ability to define vocabulary words in context. If you would prefer to cover the words in advance of the assessment, then you could do that easily during a read aloud of the story or during a reading review—the words are on the last slides of the deck. Also, the last page could be eliminated or counted as extra credit. This type of matching assessment affords options. Finally, I have included a journalism-style writing prompt as a reading-about-writing assignment. Together with a full model of the assignment, which students always find helpful. Sometimes they just do not know where to begin. After deconstructing the model, they will understand the depth of detail that you require. ★IDEA—If you do not want all students to write an article like the one I modeled, you might like to divide up the story into sections and ask students to write a detailed journal entry about an incident from the perspective of Rainsford or Zaroff.
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