A wonderful activity to practice free-style close reading with focus on discussion, making inferences about the writer's intents and predictions concerning the plot. With this(extended) activity your literature or literature circle students will read the text passage by passage, following each meaningful part of the text with some though-provoking questions as well as prediction questions. Each of the prediction questions directly relates to the development of the plot, so you and your class can have some fun checking if your predictions do come true in the text of the short story!
The package includes:
-full text of the short story for the teacher;
-students handout with the short story split into 12 parts (each part consists of a passage and relevant questions);
-handout in presentation format (printer-friendly B&W format).
The story is rather short and this activity can be easily turned into a full lesson plan. However, in a large or very active class, it might have to be split into more than one lesson. If that is your case, you might not want to give the students the full handout in order to keep them in the dark as for the end of the story. Conveniently, the presentation you will find in the package is in a printer-friendly format and can be printed in the form of hand-out cards, such that you can only distribute the passages you will cover this time.
Note that prediction in this activity is less based on the direct contextual evidence, but rather on the general feel of the development of this fable-like story.
Note also that the language of the story is more suitable for older students. The text of "Three Questions" is in public domain and can be found online if you wonder whether it suits your classroom.
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