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Reading Comprehension Passages Grades 6-8 Activities for Short Stories + DIGITAL

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This resource includes activities for 33 short stories and poems. The goal of this reading literature journal is prepare students to recall, understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate a variety of texts while also using creative mini-projects to help encourage deeper thinking!

This resource has everything you'll need to teach a short story or poem once a week for the ENTIRE school year. ZERO prep necessary!

NOTE: Answer keys for the short stories ARE INCLUDED in this resource.

NOTE 2: This resource has been proofread by a professional editor.

As of April 2020, this resource has a DIGITAL component included as a way to incorporate distance learning! It is compatible with Google Slides an Google Classroom.

This resource includes the following:

-Teacher directions and answer keys

-Generic rubric for all mini-projects

-Activities for 33 short stories and poems that are appropriate for grades 6-8.

-Questions for each story based on Bloom’s Taxonomy (remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate).

-Mini-projects or extension activities for each short story and poem.

-Links to all 33 short stories and poems that can be found in full-text, for free.

-Editable version so that you can adjust any questions as necessary for your students.

-Cover pages for each of the months.

You can use this resource in several ways. Here are 5 options:

-OPTION ONE: Give students their journal at the beginning of the school year or semester and assign one short story or poem per week. They will work through all 33 works by the end of the semester.

-OPTION TWO: Assign the different short stories or poems at your leisure. Instead of giving your students the entire journal, only pass out the activities as you see fit.

-OPTION THREE: Three words– EMERGENCY SUB PLANS!!! These are great for a quick lesson if you have to miss a day.

-OPTION FOUR: Use these activities as extra practice or reinforcement for struggling or advanced students.

-OPTION FIVE: If you are a proponent of homework OR a flipped classroom atmosphere– assign the stories and poems for homework and complete the activities during the class period.

Activities for the following short stories and poems are included:

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

After Twenty Years by O. Henry

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

Marigolds by Eugenia W. Collier

Aunt Misery by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

The Treasure of Lemon Brown by Walter Dean Myers

Hearts and Hands by O. Henry

How to Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam

Charles by Shirley Jackson

Miss Awful by Arthur Cavanaugh

This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

The Moustache by Robert Cormier

The Landlady by Roald Dahl

Oranges by Gary Soto

The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty

Each text includes comprehension questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy (recall, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate) and a mini-project that encourages students to think beyond the text.

Please download the preview for more information. The preview provides images of the Reading Literature Journal in action.

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Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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