6th Grade Short Story Unit

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Grade Levels
6th - 7th
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6th Grade Short Story Unit | PDF and Digital Formats: Use this Grade 6 short story unit to engage your students. This differentiated short story unit focuses on literary elements and literary devices (plot, character, setting, theme, conflict, similes, metaphors, symbols and foreshadowing). Use this short story unit to introduce or review literary elements and literary devices with your students.

  • This unit is Google Classroom™️ compatible with individual PDFs and Google Slides™️ graphic organizers are included.

✎Short Story Unit Outline

  1. Activating Prior Knowledge Graffiti Brainstorm
  2. What is a short story?
  3. Literary Elements Note
  4. Literary Elements Practice Stations
  5. Literary Elements Quiz
  6. Literary Devices Note
  7. Literary Devices Practice
  8. Literary Devices Quiz
  9. Short Story Group Work & Choice Board Project
  10. Short Story Application Task (Test)
  11. Write Your Own Short Story
  12. Short Story Sharing Café

5 Short Stories Covered

  1. "The Wish" by Roald Dahl
  2. "The Hockey Sweater" by Roch Carrier
  3. "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros
  4. "The Beau Catcher" by Frederick Laing
  5. "Names/Nombres" by Julia Alvarez


  1. Due to copyright laws, individual PDFs of each short story are not included. These short stories are available online and in many textbooks
  2. This resource is NOT editable.

Unit Includes:

  • Detailed Lesson Plans
  • Anchor Charts
  • Student choice
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Quiz and Test
  • Scaffolded and Regular Graphic Organizers
  • Standards and Points-Based Assessments

Teacher Feedback

  1. “I'm so happy with everything I buy from this seller. This is thoughtfully put together and it helped immensely with my short story planning. Thanks!”
  2. “I was able to take this unit and use it right away. It follows the Ontario curriculum so well and even fit in with the grade 5 expectations (I have a split class). When we went online it was easy to take this unit and edit a few things to make it accessible online.”
  3. “I am currently using this resource online with my Grade 6 students. They are LOVING it.  Thanks for another great product.  I know I can never go wrong with this seller!”

Other Short Story Units

  1. 7th Grade Short Story Unit
  2. 8th Grade Short Story Unit
Total Pages
168 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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