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Introduction to Short Stories Unit! Save 30% by bundling them together!
Five Stories included:
The Jade Peony is designed to introduce reading and analysis of Short Stories. Two inch margins leave plenty of space for annotations while marginal text boxes guide students to uncovering theme and characterization. The worksheets that follow are meant to highlight deeper understanding of symbolism, tone and characterization and how these literary elements lead to uncovering themes within the text.
The Scarlet Ibis introduces characterization with a note taker devoted to defining characterization terms. Marginal questions help guide students to a better understanding of symbolism and the allegorical message.
The Necklace builds upon the skill set introduced in both The Scarlet Ibis and Jade Peony through a more in depth study of how an author builds character development using direct and indirect characterization. Using a jot chart, students will use evidence and inferences to find a character trait label.
The Lottery has been designed to highlight the idea of cultural significance within literary periods. In order to achieve this, the note from the creator page includes links that will help the teacher truly uncover the social atmosphere happening at the time Shirley Jackson was writing as well as the response from The New Yorker subscribers. Worksheets include uncovering the allegorical message, reading reflection questions and a short essay prompt.
There Will Come Soft Rains is the perfect way to round out a month long short story unit. Once students have a grasp on how to read deeper into the literature, Ray Bradbury's short story can be introduced for either independent practice or collaborative learnins groups. Once students have worked through the marginal questions the sheets that follow will help guide discussion and understanding. As an added bonus, I have lifted the poem by Sara Teasdale for textual comparison.