Story Shorts are my original fiction texts written to appeal to struggling middle school readers. The same story is provided in multiple reading levels (Guided Reading Levels: J – K, L – M, N – O) to allow every student in the class to read and participate in discussions with the same text.
As a teacher, you can also choose to use the Story Shorts for:
Guided Reading groups within the Reader’s Workshop framework
Reading partnerships and Book Talks
Whole class reading strategies/skills instruction
Every student in the class is able to read the same text at a level that is accessible to them. This allows the teacher the flexibility to group students outside the bounds of reading levels or do whole class instruction in a specific reading strategy or skill.
I have provided activities for the four parts of this story, but feel free to teach additional reading strategies and skills as needed for your particular students.