This close reading assessment promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Chapter 13), helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring 7 text-dependent questions, this resource also includes an answer key with detailed explanations for each correct option. All questions are Common Core aligned to the reading literature, language, and writing standards at the ninth and tenth grade levels. When you purchase this item, you will receive three versions: a Word Document version, a Google Document version, and a PDF version.
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource was designed to prepare students for ACT-style questioning.
Questions pertain to the following:
- Analyzing vocabulary for meaning in context, considering both denotative definitions and connotative associations
- Analyzing imagery and characterization for symbolic significance
- Drawing logical inferences based on background knowledge of characters
- Citing textual evidence in support of claims
- Analyzing individual paragraphs for elements aligning to author’s intent
- Applying knowledge of internal conflict
- Applying knowledge of dramatic irony