Global Short Story Unit

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The Aesthetic Teacher
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education
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This is a wonderfully put-together unit and I wish I could've used it but the climate in my district wouldn't allow for it. I am hoping to incorporate it in the future.


Explore migration, post-colonialism, racism, refugee experiences, and the world through this social justice-infused, discussion-based contemporary short story unit. This unit was a recipient of the TPT Teach for Justice Grant and has been reviewed by the TPT team to bring you a high quality product that will provoke empathy and conversations about justice in your classroom. This product was made with distance learning in mind and contains easy to share worksheets as both PDFs and Google Slides, as well as tips for teaching this unit online.

Until November 7, all profits from sales of this unit will benefit “We Need Diverse Books.”

This unit engages students in the following short stories:

  • “A Private Experience” by Chimamanda Ngzoi Adichie
  • “Embassy of Cambodia” by Zadie Smith
  • “The Museum” by Leila Aboulela
  • “Of Windows and Doors” by Mohsin Hamad
  • “The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri

Please note that this unit does not include the texts themselves.

This unit includes 10 45-minute discussion-based lessons and all necessary materials.

Materials included:

  • Double sided worksheets (5 total) to go along with each story that contains: author biography, background information, 8 reading comprehension questions, and 6-8 discussion questions. Contains PDF worksheets and Google Slides worksheets, to fit your classroom's needs, be it digital or face to face.
  • Answer keys for every comprehension and discussion question
  • Tips for teaching this unit online
  • Ideas for differentiation for high achieving and lower level learners
  • Ideas for introduction extensions
  • A “Recommended Reading List” to provide students after they finish unit to keep reading about similar issues!

When using this unit, students will be able to

  • Recognize the connections between author’s life, current events, and a text
  • Understand the main events and details of a short story
  • Analyze a literary text
  • Discuss a text and social justice issues in an in depth and nuanced way
  • Open themselves up to stories of others and develop a sense of empathy for marginalized people
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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