Reading Guide for ANY Short Story or Novel Digital & Print

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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13 pages / slides
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Short story units are popular with teens...and fun to teach! What's NOT fun is making individual reading guides for every short story we teach. This build-your-own reading guide is a great print or digital resource for anyone who is looking for a practical, reliable tool that students can use for any short story.


This short story reading guide requires students to predict, summarize, connect, question, visualize, infer, and analyze. Terms like conflict, plot, and characterization, text evidence, pacing, author's style, and theme are included. Questions are aligned with Common Core Reading Literature Standards.

Please note, this build-your-own short story reading guide resource now includes a GOOGLE SLIDES version that can be used with any narrative book or short story.


I use the same reading guide with multiple short stories when I want students to move from teacher-led instruction to small group or partner practice and then finally to independent work. The pages in this document would work well with any short story or narrative novel.

To build your own reading guide, just select the pages you want students to focus on depending on their reading skill needs.

The build-your-own structure allows for responsive teaching and saves time!

This short story reading guide contains twelve different pages students could complete. These options give you differentiation abilities. They are perfect for modeling expectations, guiding class or small group discussions, brainstorming for a written response to literature, and more.



This resource is not editable in that the font and clipart is secured on each Google Slides document. However, you can change the slide backgrounds, add additional slides, or remove some to fit your needs.

Happy reading, and please leave feedback! I love hearing how teachers use materials in their classrooms.

NOTE: This resource is also included in a larger bundle, Reading Literature and Informational Texts Graphic Organizer Activity Bundle.

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Total Pages
13 pages / slides
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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