There Will Come Soft Rains Essay Questions

Instructor: Sharon Linde
A great way to gauge deep understanding of text is to pose essay questions to students. This lesson provides a range of essay questions for the short story 'There Will Come Soft Rains' for you to use in your classroom.

Using Essay Questions in the Classroom

Testing student understanding in literature comes in many differing forms. We do formative assessments during learning to determine what students know and what they still need to learn, and we administer summative assessments at the end of instruction to determine final understanding. How do essay questions fit into these contexts?

The good news is you can use essay questions at any point in instruction. Pose them before reading to give students an idea of the types of ideas and concepts they'll be learning. Essay questions used during instruction guide students along the way, chunking learning as you go. Finally, using essay questions after reading is the perfect way to determine whether or not students truly understand the content.

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