The perfect addition to a middle school or early high school short story unit, "Zoo" by Edward D. Hoch is an accessible short story with a surprising twist. This open response question has students dive into what a theme is and how the author goes about producing that message. This is also a great lesson in how not all themes are positive.
- Open response question with student "how to process the question" guide
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