The Wishing Sisters: A Victorian Ghost Story & Reading Comprehension
This extended short story is taken from the anthology 'The Wishing Sisters & Other Forest Tales.' It is written in a diary entry format, and tells the story of a young woman’s experiences after her husband is killed in a mining accident. The text of 'The Wishing Sisters' is included with this resource, but you can also read the whole story for free at this link:
It is aimed at students in 9th-12th grade, but could be used with more mature readers in 7th-8th grade. It can also be used with students who perhaps are interested in creative writing themselves, and would like to explore plot and story development rather than simply answer questions about text. Consequently, some of the questions are open-ended, requiring the student's thoughts and opinions, rather than being more lexical and literal.
The resource contains:
a set of short-answer comprehension questions, which are organised by the diary entry to which they refer, with answers;
a list of broader, extension questions which require the student to look at the content of the overall story from various perspectives, such as the geographical and social setting of the story, the place of women in Victorian society and the concept of 'sisters'. These extension questions can require some historical and geographical research, rather than rely solely on the story text, which is interesting for students and broadens their learning experience.
This resource can be used as an activity for Halloween, or as part of a unit of study about the supernatural.
I hope you find it interesting and useful.