Support the development of high school close reading skills with this assessment on Doris Lessing’s short story “Through the Tunnel.” A variety of question types facilitates the process of analyzing complex characters, applying knowledge of literary devices, identifying relevant and compelling textual evidence to support claims, and more. Materials are delivered in Word Doc and PDF formats. An answer key is included.
This resource may serve as the basis for small-group discussions. Through these discussions, students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development, demonstrating an ability to analyze how complex characters transform and advance the plot and themes by applying logic and citing compelling, meaningful textual evidence. They will also evaluate their peers’ reasoning and use of rhetoric to advance claims, clarifying or challenging unclear ideas. Using this resource for structured guidance, students, ultimately, will present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly, concisely, and appropriately, thereby helping their peers comprehend their thinking.
By engaging in this exercise, students will…
- Discern what is stated in the text explicitly and implicitly
- Articulate character motivations
- Analyze how complex characters develop
- Analyze what character behaviors reveal about their emotional and psychological states
- Apply knowledge of personification and oxymoron to the text
- Discern the function of a given paragraph
- Cite textual evidence in support of inferences and claims
- Write with clarity and precision
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