This lesson contains a complete guided reading worksheet with 41 questions (answer key included) for The Writer in the Family by E. L. Doctorow. Questions consist of True and False, fill in the blank, multiple choice and short answer.
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It will take about 50-80 minutes for the students to complete this worksheet (depending on the student).
If you don't have this story in your literature book, you can find it here:
If the above link does not work, try this shorter one:
This worksheet is designed with cost effective photocopying in mind that can be combined to a front/back copy using only 1 sheet of paper. No staples.
This is a great story about family drama and how a young man's relationship with his aunt is strained after the death of his father. Great 1950's short story with terms and slang from the same time period.
Common Core and Florida Standards Compliant:
LA 188.8.131.52 - Locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting...,
LA 184.108.40.206 - Use background knowledge of subject and related context areas...
LAFS.8.RI.1.2 - Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its...
LAFS. 8.RI.1.3...Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals...
Higher Level Common Core:
LA 220.127.116.11 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text
says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text...
LA 18.104.22.168 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development
over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another
As a public school English teacher, the biggest challenge I have is getting students to read in class or at home. Put a book or short story in front of them, they'll look at it for a few seconds and start day dreaming...
Until I stumbled upon something magnificent. Teenagers like accomplishment. These worksheets ask questions while the reader reads. Every couple of sentences, there's another question in true or false, fill in the blank, define, multiple choice formats. As the student reads, boom, another question. They answer it and continue reading. Before you know it, they have finished reading the story and completed all questions for further lessons/discussions.
These worksheets are great for daily lessons, test/quiz grades, extra credit, homework, group work (in pairs of two), substitute teacher lessons, emergency lesson plans, great for ESOL or however you can imagine.
FREE COMPLETE SAMPLE WITH KEY PROVIDED FOR "THE MAN TO SEND RAIN CLOUDS". Just search my other downloads for the free full lesson. If you like the full free sample, you will love this one!
This lesson is meant to help students focus on the reading while answering simple questions to keep them on track and focused. (check out my feedback for outstanding results).
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