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Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA

Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Short Story Growing Bundle for Middle School ELA
Product Description
Are you looking for a wide variety of American and World Literature Short Story resources that contain engaging, rigorous, and differentiated materials? The Growing Short Story Bundle contains 29 individual resources from my store and future short story resources will be added to this bundle! When you purchase this growing bundle, you get over 1,000 pages of instructional material and all future short story units that are added to this bundle at no additional cost to you!

Due to the large nature of this product, it is difficult to upload a detailed preview to this TPT listing; however, if you click here you will be taken to a detailed preview that shows you exactly what you will be getting when you purchase this bundle. In addition, you can click on any product name to be taken to that individual product page that includes more detailed information.

☞ ☞ The Short Story Close Reading Resources are included in this download: ☜ ☜
Product #1-“The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury Close Reading Unit and Narrative Writing Task: Are you looking for a short story that will pique your students’ interest and encourage their curiosity? How about a short story set in a futuristic dystopian society where technology can replace even the most basic of human activities and has one of the most jaw-dropping endings in literature? Look no further than “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury. This engaging and rigorous close reading unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this thought-provoking short story. Students will LOVE that they are engaged in an on-going discussion of technology and given the opportunity to voice their opinions on who it to blame for the tragic ending. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded and differentiated close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story as well as the big question of “Is too much technology a bad thing?”. This will help students not only tackle complex texts and skills, but also create a narrative writing response that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.3 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “The Veldt” Anticipation and Reaction Guide (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “The Veldt” Differentiated Vocabulary and Context Clues Activity (4 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Close Reading Activity (23 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Narrative Writing Task (13 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Narrative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “The Veldt” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (8 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Lesson Presentation (95 Slides)
• “The Veldt” Lesson Outline Notes (50 Pages)
• Bonus Activity (4 Pages)


Product #2-“The Veldt” Close Reading by Ray Bradbury Unit and Argumentative Writing Task: This engaging and rigorous close reading unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this thought-provoking short story. Students will LOVE that they are engaged in an on-going discussion of technology and given the opportunity to voice their opinions on who it to blame for the tragic ending. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded and differentiated close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story as well as the big question of “Is too much technology a bad thing?”. This will help students not only tackle complex texts and skills, but also create a logical argumentative writing response that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.1 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “The Veldt” Anticipation and Reaction Guide (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “The Veldt” Differentiated Vocabulary and Context Clues Activity (4 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Close Reading Activity (23 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Argumentative Writing Task (13 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Argumentative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Argumentative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “The Veldt” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (8 Pages)
• “The Veldt” Lesson Presentation (95 Slides)
• “The Veldt” Lesson Outline Notes (50 Pages)
• Bonus Activity (4 Pages)

Product #3-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Close Reading Unit and Narrative Writing Task: This engaging and rigorous close reading unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this thought-provoking short story. Students will LOVE that they are engaged in an on-going discussion of equality and given the opportunity to voice their opinions. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded and differentiated close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story as well as the big question of “Is everyone truly equal?”. This will help students not only tackle complex texts and skills, but also create a logical argumentative writing response that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.4 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.3 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “Harrison Bergeron” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Differentiated Vocabulary and Context Clues Activity (4 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Close Reading Activity (9 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Narrative Writing Task (12 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Narrative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (11 Pages):
• “Harrison Bergeron” Lesson Presentation (93 Slides)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Lesson Outline Notes (41 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Annotated Teacher Text (4 Pages)


Product #4-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Close Reading Unit and Argumentative Writing Task: This engaging and rigorous close reading unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this thought-provoking short story. Students will LOVE that they are engaged in an on-going discussion of equality and given the opportunity to voice their opinions. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded and differentiated close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story as well as the big question of “Is everyone truly equal?”. This will help students not only tackle complex texts and skills, but also create a logical argumentative writing response that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.1 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “Harrison Bergeron” Anticipation and Reaction Guide (2 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Differentiated Vocabulary and Context Clues Activity (4 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Close Reading Activity (11 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Argumentative Writing Task (13 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Argumentative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Argumentative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (12 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Lesson Presentation (95 Slides)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Lesson Outline Notes (50 Pages)
• “Harrison Bergeron” Annotated Teacher Text (4 Pages)

Product #5-““The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit: "The Cask of Amontillado" unit includes several activities that meet a variety of ELA CCSS. There are pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities that include some differentiated material and teacher models.

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• Student and Teacher Annotated Versions of the Story Text
• Vocabulary Activity: Students will use context clues from the story to make inferences about what vocabulary words mean.
• During Reading Graffiti Wall: Students can use this graffiti wall to take notes while reading/listening to the short story.
• Identifying Story Elements Activity: Students will answer a series of questions to identify various story elements.
• Sequencing Activity: This can be used as an intervention for students who have difficulty understanding the story. There are two differentiated charts available.
• Analyzing Dramatic Irony: Students will answer a variety of constructed response questions to analyze how dramatic irony shapes the story.
• Teacher Models are included using "The Tell-Tale Heart"
• Warm-up Questions and Self Reflection Questions are included in this product for each day.
• Three separate presentations are included to help guide the lessons each day.


Product #6-“The Chaser” by John Collier Close Reading Unit: "The Chaser" by John Collier Unit is a CCSS aligned close read activity that focuses on Main Idea and Supporting Details.

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• Sample Presentation that comes in Keynote, Powerpoint, and PDF versions.
• Text and Annotation Guide (Reading to Answer Questions)
• Choice Board Activity: Task #1-Letter to a Character, Task #2- Instagram, Task #3-Sequel, and Task #4- Book Cover.
• ”The Chaser" Assessment
• ”The Chaser" Unit Links Handout


Product #7-“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit : This five day unit contains CCSS aligned activities that are completely differentiated to meet the needs of ALL your students. This unit contains everything that you need to successfully teach the concepts of main ideas, objective summaries, and mood to your students. Each resources comes in three versions that are compatible with any computer program you may have for easy customization.

➞ Activities for Lower Level Students
• Identifying Mood in Print and Non Print Texts
• "The Tell-Tale Heart" First Read Worksheet: Main Ideas and Objective Summary
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Second Read Worksheet: Mood
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets: REDO A and REDO B
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Extension Writing Activity
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments:

➞ Activities for Regular-Higher Level Students
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Worksheet
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Mood Revision Worksheets
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart: Mood Extensions Writing Activity
• ”The Tell-Tale Heart" Assessments

•••Teacher models, rubric and answer keys are also provided along with a document that contains links to video clips and other resources that will supplement this unit. In addition, there is also a daily explanation of how to use the resources that have been provided in this product. •••


Product #8-“All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury Close Reading Unit: This engaging and rigorous unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this timeless short story. Students will LOVE that they are in control of deciding the resolution to this short story. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story. This will help students not only tackle complex texts, but also create a logical narrative that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.3 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “All Summer in A Day” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “All Summer in A Day” Close Reading Activity (8 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Narrative Writing Task (12 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Narrative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “All Summer in Day” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (12 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Lesson Presentation (75 Slides)
• “All Summer in A Day” Lesson Outline Notes (44 Pages)
• “All Summer in A Day” Annotated Teacher Text (4 Pages)


Product #9-“The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton Close Reading Unit: Are you looking for a short story to grab your students’ attention and keep them on the edge of their seats? Look no further than “The Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton, a thrilling tale of love, anguish, and difficult choices that ends on a huge cliffhanger. This engaging and rigorous unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this timeless short story. Students will LOVE that they are in control of deciding the resolution to this short story. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story. This will help students not only tackle complex texts, but also create a logical narrative that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.4 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.3 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Vocabulary Activity (6 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Close Reading Activity (4 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Narrative Writing Task (12 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (10 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Lesson Presentation (83 Slides)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Lesson Outline Notes (43 Pages)
• “The Lady, or the Tiger” Modified Play (4 Pages)


Product #10-“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe Unit: This ZIP file contains a CCSS aligned unit on "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe. All files comes in three formats: PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint or Word, and iWork Pages and Keynote. It is also a complete differentiated unit that allows you to easily customize a lesson to fit the needs of all your students.

➞ The following files are included in this download:
• Play version of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"-This play is written in a more modern language that makes it easier for students to understand than the full text of Poe's short story.
• Pop Quiz for Scenes 1-5 of the play.
• There are three vocabulary options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom- Option 1: Vocabulary Foldable-; Option 2: Vocabulary Chart; Option 3: Probable Passage.
• There are several During and After Reading options in this file that can help you meet the needs of all your students and provide easy differentiation in your classroom-Option 1: During Reading Prediction T Chart; Option 2: During/After Reading Detective Log; Option 3: After Reading Plot Diagram; Option 4: After Reading Story Elements Chart.


Product #11-“Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and “Aladdin” Unit: This unit that includes the Disney film "Aladdin" and "Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs hits four Common Core ELA standards and encompasses numerous skills such as cause and effect relationships, making predictions, using context clues, making inferences, comparing and contrasting, and more.

There are more than five activities that are highly engaging and cause students to think critically. Each activity comes with a Smart board presentation, worksheets and other reference materials including answer keys and teacher models. The files also come in three formats: Microsoft Word, Keynote, and PDF.


Product #12-“The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty Close Reading Unit: This engaging and rigorous close reading unit is full of high quality and critical thinking activities to accompany this thought-provoking short story. Students will LOVE that they are engaged in an on-going discussion of the impact of war on humans and given the opportunity to voice their opinions on what happens after the tragic conclusion. Teachers will LOVE that this unit contains scaffolded and differentiated close reading activities that are designed to help students deeply analyze the characters and events in this short story as well as the big question of “How does warfare impact humans?”. This will help students not only tackle complex texts and skills, but also create a narrative writing response that is based upon what they have learned from reading the short story. In addition, everything that teachers needs to implement this unit, from teacher models, teacher tips, and a detailed presentation, is included in this download.

➞ This resource covers the following Common Core Standards:
•RL.6-8.1 •RL.6-8.2 •RL.6-8.3 •RL.6-8.5 •W.6-8.3 •W.6-8.4 •W.6-8.5

��� The following files are included in this download:
• “The Sniper” Anticipation and Reaction Guide (2 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Probable Passage (1 Page)
• “The Sniper” Differentiated Vocabulary and Context Clues Activity (4 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Close Reading Activity (19 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Assessment (2 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Narrative Writing Task (13 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Narrative Writing Reference Sheet (2 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Narrative Writing Task Rubric (1 page)
• “The Sniper” Choice Board Activity (2 Pages)
• Teacher Models and Answer Keys (16 Pages)
• “The Sniper” Lesson Presentation (101 Slides)
• “The Sniper” Lesson Outline Notes (67 Pages)

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☞ ☞ The following Short Story Task Cards are included in this bundle: ☜ ☜
Product #13-“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson Task Cards

Product #14-“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry Task Cards

Product #15-“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry Task Cards

Product #16-“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst Task Cards

Product #17-“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

Product #18-“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

Product #19-“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

Product #20-“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe Task Cards

Product #21-“Thank You, Ma’am!” by Langston Hughes Task Cards

Product #22-“The Landlady” by Roald Dahl Task Cards

Product #23-“Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs Task Cards

Product #24-“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury Task Cards

Product #25-“All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury Task Cards

Product #26-“The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury Task Cards

Product #27-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Task Cards

Product #28-“The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty Task Cards

Product #29-“Lady, or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton Task Cards

➞ ➞ Task Cards:Each product contains the PDF and PowerPoint version of this product. There are 36 different tasks includes in this product. Each task comes with two options for criteria: Option #1-Specific criteria has been included for the task that will allow students to know their expectations and be able to self-assess their product or response. Option #2-This is a blank card that allows you to modify or create your own criteria for success to best fit the needs of your students.

The following skills/tasks are included in this product:

☞ Task #1- Author’s Purpose
☞ Task #2- Central Idea
☞ Task #3- Theme
☞ Task #4- Characterization
☞ Task #5- Point of View
☞ Task #6- Time Period
☞ Task #7- Real Life Influences
☞ Task #8- Figurative Language
☞ Task #9- Conflict/Resolution
☞ Task #10- Setting
☞ Task #11- Theme & Development
☞ Task #12- Painting a Picture
☞ Task #13- Plot
☞ Task #14- Objective Summary
☞ Task #15- Compare and Contrast
☞ Task #16- Context Clues
☞ Task #17- Movie Poster
☞ Task #18- Be A Critic
☞ Task #19- Picture It
☞ Task #20- Interview the Author
☞ Task #21- Interview a Character
☞ Task #22- Comic Book
☞ Task #23- Instagram
☞ Task #24- Facebook
☞ Task #25- Twitter Feed
☞ Task #26- Trading Places
☞ Task #27- Likes/Dislikes
☞ Task #28- Rewrite
☞ Task #29- Prequel
☞ Task #30- Sequel
☞ Task #31- Diary of a Character
☞ Task #32- Cover Artist
☞ Task #33- Dear Abby
☞ Task #34- Music to My Ears
☞ Task #35- Morning Announcements
☞ Task #36- Word Cloud Collage

••• It would be a great idea to laminate these task cards for durability or so that students can use a dry erase marker to check off the criteria while they are self-assessing their work.•••

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Please be sure to download the preview file to see exactly what you are getting when you purchase this product!

Created by Stephanie M. Icenogle, The Creative Classroom © 2017
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Total Pages
1,000+ Pages of Instructional Materials
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 months
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