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6th Grade Short Story Unit | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 7th
Formats Included
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  • Google Apps™
168 pages
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6th Grade Short Story Unit | PDF and Digital Formats: This short story unit contains great short stories for middle school classrooms. Students will enjoy this differentiated and engaging unit. This unit focuses on literary elements of plot, character, setting, theme, and conflict as well as these literary devices: similes, metaphors, symbols, foreshadowing and hyperbole. Use this 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 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:

  • individual PDFs of student pages for uploading to Google Classroom or other LMS systems
  • Google Slides graphic organizers for 1:1 schools
  • literary elements and devices classroom posters (anchor charts)
  • student choice
  • comprehension questions, quizzes and test
  • scaffolded and regular graphic organizers options
  • unit plan and detailed daily lessons
  • lessons divided up with title pages for easy access
  • standards-based assessment options
  • points-based assessment options

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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).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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