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Engage a variety of middle and high school students with the incorporation of Grimm’s fairy tales into the classroom. “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by the Brothers Grimm is a short story about the positive effects of performing good deeds for others. This bundle of assessments helps English teachers evaluate reading comprehension, support the development of close reading skills, and promote homework accountability—while eliminating take-home assessment planning responsibilities. Answer keys are included. Materials are delivered in editable Word Document and printable PDF formats. 

By completing the plot-based quiz, students will demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • A defining characteristic of the shoemaker
  • The shoemaker’s main conflict
  • How the shoemaker spends each night
  • The quality of the shoes produced by elves
  • The effect of the elves on the shoemaker’s business
  • The holiday during which a key event takes place
  • The shoemaker’s hiding spot
  • How the shoemaker’s wife feels toward the elves
  • The resolution

By completing the close reading activity, students will perform the following tasks:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Examine how complex characters think, behave, develop, and interact
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including situational irony, dramatic irony, foreshadowing, simile, hyperbole, allusion, and symbolism
  • Explore theme
  • Come to class/leave class better prepared to discuss literary material
  • Defend claims and ideas with valid reasoning and relevant textual evidence
  • Write ideas with clarity, accuracy, and precision