This product contains a unit plan for teaching four classic--but not widely read--short stories. Included in the plan is a link to each story, available for free on the Internet. I've taught many short stories over the years and, based on this experience, I chose four that never fail to generate interest and engagement. I've also carefully chosen them for their thematic richness, compelling characters and conflicts, and accessible narrative style. Though all four are quite different in terms of settings and plot lines, all, nonetheless, portray young adults challenged and/or motivated by their social, cultural, historical, and/or psychological conditions.
The unit could be covered in as little as a week, but depending on how much time you want to spend on variables like vocabulary (within the stories) and literary terms--like plot, character, setting, theme, conflict, and style--you could easily stretch it to two weeks. I have included individual quizzes for each story and a final essay test, but you'll find that the stories lend themselves to alternative final assessments. Issues raised by the stories could easily be turned into research projects, group presentations, debates, or personal narratives.
As a solid literature and writing unit that touches a huge number of common core standards, it can easily stand alone, but you could use the plan as an anchor, and then create--or let your students create--a spin-off final assessment. You’ll find lots of flexibility with this high interest literature and writing unit, suitable for most ability levels, grades 9-12.
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