This close reading assessment promotes thoughtful, critical analysis of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Chapter 6), helping students focus on significant details to develop a deeper understanding of the text and contribute more meaningfully to class discussion. Featuring 8 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:
- Examining a character’s internal conflict
- Analyzing a character’s actions
- Analyzing textual details to determine tone
- Comparing and contrasting two distinct tones, using the text to support analysis
- Applying knowledge of imagery and determining the best example of it in the text
- Analyzing a character’s persuasion techniques and drawing inferences about their effect on another character
- Analyzing a dynamic character
- Arguing whether a character is demonstrating traits associated with heroism
- Applying knowledge of symbolism to an object and supporting claims with textual evidence and reasoned thinking
- Analyzing characterization and drawing inferences about character motivations, using the text to support analysis