Guide your students to a deeper level of appreciation and understanding of the short story genre through independent reading. Students will read and react to short stories. They will assemble these reactions into a creative short story response journal. For each story, they will write the source information, write a one paragraph reaction, include academic vocabulary, and utilize a visual aid.
Included is a detailed standards-based lesson plan, detailed instructions and requirements for the students, a reading log and permission form.
The students will practice and master the following skills:
-- Identify, analyze, and use short story terms
-- Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices
-- Write responses to literature
The design of the activity is easily adaptable for English language learners (ELD, ESL, EFL, SDAIE).
Also available in .pdf format.
Sustained silent reading (SSR), free voluntary reading (FVR), drop everything and read (DEAR)
The lesson is designed for any short story. The teacher may select stories for the students and/or the students may select their own. The Collaborative Group component of the lesson states, "Give each group an identical pre-selected story." Then, in Independent Practice, they may select their own short stories to read. The response journal activity is designed to give the students practice in identifying and using the common academic literary terminology/vocabulary associated with the genre of the short story.
Dr. Forrest has been in secondary education since 1992. He currently teaches at a grades 7-12 school in Southern California. His subjects include ELD, Reading, Creative Writing, Beginning Drama, and Exit Exam Intervention.