Now You Take ‘Bambi’ or ‘Snow White’-That’s Scary!



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Now You Take ‘Bambi’ or ‘Snow White’—That’s Scary!”

Close Reading Tasks
Directions: After thoroughly annotating the text, complete the following tasks on your own paper. Be sure your annotations include at least 3 higher order thinking questions (analytical or evaluative).


  1. Summarize King’s essay in one of the following ways:

    • Write a paragraph.

    • Create a 10-15 point bulleted list.

  1. Answer the following questions in complete sentences, AND support your answers with at least one quote from the text.

  1. What point does King make in his retelling of ‘Hansel and Gretel” and his summary of other fairy tales?

  2. What is King’s position on banning all horror material from TV?

  3. What does King put on his “high shelf”? Why?

  4. In the 5th paragraph, what does the word “contradictory” most likely mean? Use context clues to help determine the meaning.

  5. What is King trying to persuade you of?

  6. How persuasive is King’s essay? Does he sufficiently support his point with facts and valid opinions?

  7. Does King rely more on logic or emotion to make his point?

  8. What is the purpose of King’s essay?

  9. Who is King’s target audience?

Now You Take ‘Bambi’ or ‘Snow White’—That’s Scary!”



Close Reading Tasks
Directions: After thoroughly annotating the above text, complete the following tasks on your own paper. Be sure your annotations include at least 3 higher order thinking questions (analytical or evaluative).


  1. Summarize King’s essay in one of the following ways:

    • Write a paragraph.

    • Create a 10-15 point bulleted list.

  1. Answer the following questions in complete sentences, AND support your answers with at least one quote from the text.

  1. What point does King make in his retelling of ‘Hansel and Gretel” and his summary of other fairy tales?

  2. What is King’s position on banning all horror material from TV?

  3. What does King put on his “high shelf”? Why?

  4. In the 5th paragraph, what does the word “contradictory” most likely mean? Use context clues to help determine the meaning.

  5. What is King trying to persuade you of?

  6. How persuasive is King’s essay? Does he sufficiently support his point with facts and valid opinions?

  7. Does King rely more on logic or emotion to make his point?

  8. What is the purpose of King’s essay?

  9. Who is King’s target audience?





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