Close Reading Worksheet

A passage from Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome provides the text for an assessment that asks readers to use evidence from the excerpt to decide if Ethan is a victim of his social and physical environment, or of his own personal choices and temperament.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource of modeling how to do a close reading of a difficult text or as an assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • A reading of the complete story is not necessary for the assessment

  • Four separate passages are included on the worksheet

  • No answer key is provided