The Scarlet Ibis Quiz, Mentor Sentences, Presentation, Vocabulary, Activities

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  1. This bundle is a complete short story unit full of short story activities. Included are a variety of teacher resources: lesson plans, graphic organizers, mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, quizzes, scaffolded questions, and more for TWELVE popular short stories. BONUS: This short story unit co
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The short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst is commonly taught. These literature activities will provide an anticipatory set, assess comprehension, practice identifying parts of a sentence, and encourage analytical thinking.

Included in this short story packet for "The Scarlet Ibis":

→ The anticipatory writing activity. Students will recall a time they felt emotions similar to what the narrator does in "The Scarlet Ibis."

→ A short-answer reading quiz. The quiz has 5 questions focusing on comprehension. Use it alone as an after-reading quiz or include it in a larger test.

→ A multiple-choice reading quiz. The quiz has five multiple choice questions (with three possible answers).

→ A vocabulary activity. Students will use context clues to define seven words from the story.

→ A vocabulary quiz. This covers seven vocabulary words from the story in a matching format.

→ Interactive notebook pieces. The pieces have unique visuals and cover theme, setting, conflict, and symbols. (They are pictured in the thumbnail.)

→ Mentor sentences. I pulled ten sentences from the short story for students to identify subjects and verbs and then direct objects or predicate words.

→ An editable presentation that works well as a post-reading review.

→ A complete lesson plan that walks you through the process for teaching "The Scarlet Ibis."

I have taught "The Scarlet Ibis" dozens of times. Because of that, I have developed multiple teaching materials for it. I rarely use every activity included in this product for one class; please choose what best works for individual students and classes.

With the exception of the interactive notebook pieces, this download contains both editable and non-editable files.

Teaching more short stories in addition to "The Scarlet Ibis"? These activities for "The Scarlet Ibis" are in my Short Story Unit Bundle: Secondary ELA Short Stories.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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