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Promote homework accountability, measure and extend reading comprehension, support the development of close reading skills, and encourage deeper analysis of fiction with this bundle of teaching resources covering the entirety of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. With this product, high school English Language Arts teachers may save valuable time outside the classroom without sacrificing rigor inside the classroom. Six resources are provided, all with answer keys. Materials are delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats. A breakdown of content follows.

Book 1, Chapter 1. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including dramatic irony and simile
  • Identify the best textual evidence in support of a claim or idea
  • Define complex words and phrases as they are used in the text
  • Determine the most relevant theme among a set of choices
  • Analyze the author’s craft to infer the author’s intentions

Book 1, Chapters 2-5. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze nuances in words with similar definitions and connotations
  • Analyze the author’s diction to infer the author’s intent
  • Articulate how the author incorporates verisimilitude into the plot
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including personification, simile, hyperbole, and imagery
  • Isolate an example of figurative language in the text
  • Analyze a given allusion and explain its intended effect on the reader
  • Explore the symbolism of waving a white flag
  • Analyze what character actions imply about their judgment
  • Explore the author’s methods of building suspense
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims

Book 1, Chapters 6-10. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze what character actions reveal about their mindset
  • Analyze how characters interact
  • Explain the irony of a given detail
  • Explore how themes are reinforced
  • Discern the function of a given excerpt
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including personification, metaphor, simile, sibilance, hubris, and more
  • Identify an example of juxtaposition and articulate its effect
  • Identify an example of foreshadowing
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims

Book 1, Chapters 11-17. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Explore the symbolism of given objects or circumstances
  • Make logical inferences about the author’s intent
  • Explain the irony of a given detail
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including onomatopoeia
  • Discern the function of a given character in the context of a particular chapter
  • Explore cause-and-effect relationships
  • Compare and contrast characters
  • Explore the influence of mass media on the public
  • Consider historical context in relation to the author’s intentions
  • Discern the function of a given chapter
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims

Book 2, Chapters 1-5. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze how complex characters interact
  • Articulate the greater significance of a given detail
  • Explore the symbolism of given objects or circumstances
  • Make logical inferences about the author’s point of view on religion in the context of disastrous survival situations
  • Discern a relevant theme in the context of a given chapter
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including personification
  • Discern the function of a given chapter
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims

Book 2, Chapters 6-10. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze how complex characters interact
  • Explore techniques the author uses to convey a sense of defeatism
  • Identify and explain an example of situational irony
  • Identify an example of epiphany and articulate the effect it has on a character
  • Apply knowledge of various literary devices including aposiopesis and paradox
  • Articulate the greater significance of a given detail
  • Explore the relevance of a given chapter title (“Wreckage”)
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims