This extended short story is taken from the anthology ‘The Wishing Sisters & Other Forest Tales.’ It is written in a diary entry format, and tells the story of a young woman’s experiences after her husband is killed in a mining accident. The text of ‘The Wishing Sisters’ is included with this resource, but you can also read the whole story for free at this link:
It is aimed at students in key stage 4, but could be used with more mature readers in key stage 3. It can also be used with students who perhaps are interested in creative writing themselves, and would like to explore plot and story development rather than simply answer questions about text. Consequently, most of the questions are open-ended, requiring the student’s thoughts and opinions, rather than being more lexical and literal.
There is a set of short-answer comprehension questions, which are organised by the diary entry to which they refer, and then there is also a list of broader, extension questions which require the student to look at the content of the overall story from various perspectives.
This resource can be used as an activity for Halloween, or as part of a unit of study about the supernatural.
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