This activity is great for any short story. It involves group or partner work using a chart to gather information about the short story form. My adult students really enjoy the assignment.
Students investigate various "elements of the short story form" and use group discussion or the Internet to gather the required information to fill in the chart.
The class can then discuss the various group responses for a clear understanding of the components that are involved in writing a short story.
Once the students have discussed the "elements of a short story", assign them a story to read or let them choose their own. They will then continue to use the chart to apply the 'elements" to their chosen story.
In this chart assignment, I have used the short story "Harrison Bergeron"; however, you can adjust to fit any short story.
I like using the same story initially for the entire class as it leads to a productive discussion.
Enjoy -- this activity takes approximately 4 - 5 hours depending on the group.