Perfect for any short story or an entire Short Story unit (or Independent Novel Study).
This is a eight-page .pdf document, designed to have students get the most out of reading, thinking and writing about short stories or novels.
There are three different and extensive exercises presented in this document. In my classroom, I have students respond to only one of the three exercise sections for any given short story. Each section can be easily repeated, but it gives you the option of having at least three different lessons on short stories, as students explore and analyze the story on their own (or in partnered, or grouped work).
By responding to these questions multiple times to different literary works, students will become increase their active reading skills and certainly become more reflective and insightful readers.
§ 1 - Introduction: What makes a good reader? What qualities do they have? How can you become a better, more in-depth reader? This section outlines those skills and practices that good readers share. It is based specifically upon British Columbia provincial standards, though I have found such standards are similar across jurisdictions and curriculums. (See Preview File)
§ 2 - Critical Reading Skills: This is a written assignment, divided into nine questions that students respond to (ideally) while reading a short story. These questions are designed to have students become reflective readers.
§ 3 - Working Knowledge of Literary Terms: This written assignment, divided into eight questions, has students work with short story terms (i.e., conflict, point of view, mood, setting, et cetera).
§ 4 - Essay Question: This is a basic essay question applicable to any short story or novel.
Also included is a Teacher Copy which has lesson delivery notes, to ensure your students understand and get the most out of the lessons. This versatile product, attractively designed is sure to be useful to you, and helpful to your students as they analyze short stories.