Short Stories - Unit Test

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 9th
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  1. If you teach Short Stories with multiple grades or preps (remedial, standard, honors), then you need this test bundle. These tests provide students a chance to apply learned skills from a whole unit of short stories to a brand new story that they haven't seen before. You get three leveled tests that
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This unit test uses "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs to help students review and apply everything they've learned in your Short Story unit. The test covers literary terms, plot, characterization, and conflict. It is perfect for several groups of learners, including EC, ESL/ELP, and struggling readers.

1. Graphic organizers and white space make it easy for students to track information.

2. Sections make it easy to add in breaks for testing.

3. Accessible information makes directions easy-to-follow.

This test is editable.

Here are the parts of the test:

1. Plot: students match terms and definitions (character - a person in the story), fill out a plot diagram, and apply the plot diagram to a story. In my case, this was "The Monkey's Paw," which students had already read in class. They had access to the text during the test.

2. Characterization: students choose "indirect" or "direct" for examples from stories and then identify and explain the different places to look for indirect characterization (STEAL method).

3. Conflict: students identify the types of conflict (Man vs. Man, etc.) and then identify the types illustrated by examples from short stories.

For the examples, I used the short stories we read. These examples could be adapted to fit your curriculum:

"The Necklace" - Guy de Maupassant (Reader's Theatre)

"The Lottery" - Shirley Jackson

"Thank You, Ma'am" - Langston Hughes

"Treasure of Lemon Brown" - Walter Dean Myers

"The Lady or the Tiger?" - Frank Stockton (adapted version)

Do you need a harder test? Try these:

Short Story Unit Test: "The Dinner Party" by Mona Gardner

Short Story Unit Test: "Story of an Hour“ by Kate Chopin

This product is also included in my Short Story Unit for ISNs!

Check out my other Short Stories materials!

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Total Pages
6 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


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