Short Story Unit

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SHORT STORY UNIT: This full unit contains a variety of activities to study the elements of fiction through short stories. Personally, I love teaching short stories in the classroom. They make for a quick read, but allow depth in conversation. Students can gain a deeper understanding of the literary structure, participate in literary analysis, and makiE connections all within a couple class periods.

• Elements of Fiction Notes
o Including Student Guided Notes
o Short Videos selected for classroom discussion while going over the notes.

• Literary Map Interactive Assignment
o After taking notes, students will complete this interactive assignment applying
the information in visual form based on a Grimm’s Brother Fairy Tale.
o Example included

• The Wish” by Roald Dahl
o Full Text
o Post Reading worksheet including Vocabulary, Comprehension and Application
Questions
o Post reading classroom discussion activity
o Post reading writing assignment

• “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
o Full Text
o Post Reading worksheet including Vocabulary, Comprehension and Application
Questions
o Post reading classroom discussion activity
o Post reading writing assignment

• Found Poem
o Poetry writing assignment centered on theme. Students take one of the stories
read, identify key words and phrases within the story that support the theme,
then reorder these words into a poem format.
o Example included.

• Detailed Short Story Writing Brainstorming
o After reading other people’s work, students get a chance to create a story
themselves. This detailed brainstorming worksheet includes specific notes on
the 5 elements of fiction along with guided questions to help students plan out
their own individual story.


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Short Story Unit
Short Story Unit
Short Story Unit
Short Story Unit