This close reading assessment promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Chapter 5), helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring 10 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:
- Applying and articulating knowledge of dramatic irony
- Interpreting figurative expressions (“His head was swimming”)
- Interpreting tone in context (Bilbo’s prudence and cautiousness)
- Exploring and defining complex vocabulary in context
- Applying and articulating knowledge of onomatopoeia