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SHORT STORY CREATIVE WRITING PACKET: This packet offers your students Graphic Organizers for the Short Story Process. The organizers walk the students through each step of the writing process by brainstorming and organizing each part of the plot. Each organizer also gives a helpful description of t
**DISTANCE LEARNING** Narrative writing can be easy with a mind map, plot diagram, and an active imagination! Use these modified graphic organizers to engage your writers during distance learning. The diagram is the background and the text boxes are editable to allow students to type in their ideas
This resource can be used as a mini project for students to complete individually or in groups for any short story. Students will consider and present the author's biographical information, a short summary of the story, will identify and explain the significance of two literary devices, and will det
This handout was created to help students brainstorm ideas for their short stories. Two goals were thought about: Learn to choose situations with dramatic potential and be able to formulate believable plots.
Outline and organizer to help students plan for their short story writing.
8th - 12th
Once students learn descriptive writing and setting, I move into teaching about characters. This includes learning definitions for protagonists, antagonists and direct vs. indirect characterization. Students also learn how to use indirect characterization through STEAL (because I can’t resist mnemon
Inspiration for a story could come from anywhere. I have found in the classroom that some writers are more easily inspired than others. Hence the choice to offer a variety of brainstorms. These can make even the most reluctant or un-inspired writer find his or her voice. This download includes five
As a class, brainstorm all elements necessary for a short story. Use your white board, an easel, whatever you have. Students must take notes based on the class discussion. THEN, students will leave class with the information, and create an original short story based on the entire class brainstorm
9th - 10th
Brainstorming for Short Story
5th - 8th
This BUNDLED product contains two short story units: One for "HARRISON BERGERON" by Kurt Vonnegut, and one for "THE LOTTERY" by Shirley Jackson. These dystopian short stories would be great to study on their own, but they could also serve as a perfect introduction to a full dystopian novel unit lik
SHORT STORY UNIT: SAVE ALMOST 50% WITH 7 PRODUCTS IN 1! NOTE: For simple, effective ways to use this resource in DISTANCE LEARNING, click here.The ability to closely read and analyze text is central to Common Core. Using four classic short stories, this MASSIVE mega-bundle includes close reading ac
Short story units are popular with teens...and fun to teach! What's NOT fun is making individual reading guides for every short story we teach. This build-your-own reading guide is a great print or digital resource for anyone who is looking for a practical, reliable tool that students can use for an
These 6 creative alternatives to the traditional book report can be used with any novel or short story and will engage even your most reluctant students. This bundle includes everything you need to implement five outside-the-box projects that your students will love. The best part is that each ass
Personal narratives are challenging for many students because they don't follow a particular structure. This four-page packet guides students through the writing process, from brainstorming to listing out characters, settings, sequenced events, and sensory details. An additional cover page gives a f
Etgar Keret’s short story, “What, of this Goldfish, Would you Wish?” is an excellent story for exploring multi-cultural points of view as well as complex characters and how they develop over the course of a text. This 71-page short story unit will help your students connect to and analyze the story
This product is also available in my bundle Short Horror Stories Lesson Collection.Known as "the man who can scare Stephen King," H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror. This lesson introduces students to his style of writing with the short story "From Beyond." Contents Include:Illustrated Text of "Fr
Writer's Workshop Narratives/Short Stories as Mentor TextsIn this writing workshop, students will examine the literary elements in short stories and then use these mentor texts as models to brainstorm, draft, and revise their own narratives. The literary elements included in the narrative criteria a
These Nine Short Stories included in this bundle are perfect for your middle school classroom! Incorporating more short stories into your curriculum can result in higher student engagement, increased proficiency in citing and justifying textual evidence, and more complex analysis just to name a few!
A strait forward and READY TO PRINT booklet on the six Elements of Fiction. If you're teaching short stories or novels, this is a perfect resource for your class or for students working independently. Works well for either analysis of texts or for students writing their own stories.Designed for dive

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Perfect for Halloween -- this product is also available in my Bundle of Fear (200+ Pages and growing). Check it out! Three great products at one low price! Grades 8 through 12."The Tale of the Monkey's Paw"This classic tale of horror is especially enjoyable for teens. Thorough analysis of "The Tale
This full unit contains a variety of activities for studying "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, including vocabulary, quizzes, and a fun short story writing assignment. The unit could be great in conjunction with other classic short stories, especially dystopian stories, and could be a perfect p
Combine research and narrative writing in the project. Students research a historic time and place, then develop a realistic story set in this time period. Includes students assignment sheet, rubric, prewriting/brainstorming and planning sheets, as well as peer response and editing guidelines.
This Bundle includes 21 lessons, including printables and PowerPoint presentations (details below).PART 1:This bundle of 7 lesson plans explores Canadian Indigenous themes using reading workshop and writing workshop.Lesson Overview:Dancer by Vickie Sears (short story) - Activities used: story readin
This short story teaching unit uses “Lamb to the Slaughter” as an anchor text to cover some of the major elements of fiction. It also provides a text dependent analysis prompt and handouts to teach objective summary. Note-taking pages, literary device analysis pages, and a complete test are all i

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