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Help high school students improve fluency, stamina, text comprehension, and close reading analysis of the formal elements of fiction with this bundle of resources for teaching the short story titled “Home” by Gwendolyn Brooks. Included are the following: a plot-based quiz, a worksheet composed of high-order questions, and answer keys. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. 

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

  • The length of time the family has lived in their home
  • Mama and Helen’s reaction to the possibility of losing their home
  • Papa’s plan during his lunch break
  • Helen’s personal shame
  • Maud Martha’s emotional state
  • The task Mama will be relieved to stop doing
  • Mama’s daily motto
  • Papa’s nonverbal communication
  • A description of Mama’s eyes
  • The resolution

By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Examine the title of the narrative to make inferences about the author’s intent
  • Discern the function of the opening paragraph
  • Articulate the situational irony associated with a character’s vision of the future
  • Contrast the characters of Helen and Maud Martha
  • Analyze the author’s stylistic decision to offset a particular detail with em dashes
  • Explain the intended meaning of a metaphor in context
  • Articulate how Helen is a good example of dynamic character
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite relevant textual evidence in support of claims