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This comprehensive unit allows students to delve into Saki's "The Open Window" in many engaging and analytical ways. The innovative and custom-designed activities in this package focus on instrumental reading and writing skills such as plot, conflict, characterization, figurative language, comparing two mediums, and critique writing. At a little less than 1000 words, Saki's short story provides the perfect opportunity for close reading and analysis without proving time consuming or overwhelming for students. Ultimately, they will love the irony and humor that Saki captures in this short, yet multi-layered "horror-comedy," one where they learn that sometimes in life, not everything unfolds as a person expects.
~ Pre-reading Probable Passage Activity
~ During Reading Plot Analysis Chart
~ After Reading Conflict Analysis Bubbles
~ After Reading Analysis Questions
~ After Reading Short Film Compare/Contrast Diagram
~ Argumentative Critique Essay Project with Rubric
~ Multiple-Choice & Matching Quiz
~ Detailed Answer Keys!
CCSS Focus Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 (read closely for explicit and implicit meanings, citing evidence)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 (determine central ideas)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 (analyze characters and how they interact, develop)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 (analyze the structure of a text)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 (evaluate content presented in diverse formats)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 (write arguments to support claims)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 (produce coherent writing with appropriate purpose, focus, and organization)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 (participate effectively in a range of collaborations)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 (exhibit demand of grammar and usage)
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Keywords: Saki, short story unit, The Open Window, H.H Munro, literary analysis, close reading, reading comprehension, plot, irony, figurative language, conflict, argument writing, critique writing, compare and contrast, film, cinema, comparing two mediums