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Help high school students extend beyond general reading comprehension and support the development of close reading analysis skills with this set of rigorous, text-dependent questions on the short story “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry. An answer key and copy of the public domain narrative are included. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this activity, students will:

  • Articulate what is stated in the text explicitly and implicitly
  • Articulate the significance of a given detail
  • Discern the tone of a given excerpt
  • Discern the function of a given paragraph
  • Apply knowledge of foreshadowing
  • Explore character motivations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of characterization
  • Analyze the effect point of view has on the reader
  • Cite textual evidence in support of inferences and claims
  • Write with clarity and precision