The Open Window by Saki Digital Close Reading and Analysis

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Scholar's Atelier
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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6 pages
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This resource guides students through Saki's short story The Open Window, with text-dependent questions (TDQs) to help students establish and analyze meaning. This resource will push your students' close reading skills and covers crucial concepts such as satire, irony, characterization, and symbolism.

The questions are shown next to the relevant parts of the text, to help students make meaning from the text as they read, by paying close attention to specific parts of the text.

Questions cover the following topics:

  • Comprehension & inference
  • Irony
  • Satire
  • Character
  • Word choice
  • Symbolism

The resource also includes a slide about important contextual information for students to understand before reading the story, and additional context is provided at relevant points throughout the story.

This is a Powerpoint resource - students type their answers into text boxes on the slides. If you use Google Classroom, you can upload the Powerpoint file into your own Google Drive, and assign it in Classroom from there. The resource also provided as a fillable PDF form.


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Total Pages
6 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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