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This resource extends beyond text comprehension, helping high school students analyze the formal elements of fiction and respond thoughtfully in writing to questions about literature. The featured short story is titled “The Seven Ravens” by the Brothers Grimm. An answer key is included. Materials are delivered in Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this exercise, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze unique and unfamiliar phrasing to find meaning
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Argue whether the authors intend for the father to be seen as a villain
  • Identify an example of foreshadowing and explain what it suggests about plot development
  • Explore the symbolism of ravens and consider why the father specifically chose for his sons to be transformed into ravens
  • Explore the symbolism of rings and consider the role they play in terms of plot development
  • Explore the symbolism of stars and consider the role they play in terms of plot development
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims