Short Story Unit - 9 Short Stories Bundle for Middle School ELA

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    These Nine Short Stories included in this bundle are perfect for your middle school classroom! Incorporating more short stories into your curriculum can result in higher student engagement, increased proficiency in citing and justifying textual evidence, and more complex analysis just to name a few!

    Each short story unit plan included in this bundle comes with a plethora of activities, tests, discussion questions and more, that you will need to effectively teach these in your classrooms. All of the hard work has been done for you! Even better is that we have both taught all of these units with our students, so we know the activities are tried and true - the kids LOVE them.



    "Soldier's Home" by Ernest Hemingway

    - Instructions for Use

    - Vocabulary Preview Activity

    - Prove It Activity

    - Krebs Characterization Activity

    - Background Information on Hemingway and Veterans Day

    - 10 In-Depth Discussion Questions on "Soldier's Home" and Veterans Day

    "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" by O. Henry

    - Instructions for Use

    - Freedom From Want Analysis Handout

    - Background Info & Critical Thinking Questions

    - "Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" Short Story

    - 8 Task Cards

    - Focusing on Theme Handout

    - Conclusion Writing Activity

    - EDITABLE Rubric

    "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

    - Teacher annotated text of "The Gift of the Magi"

    - Blank student copy of "The Gift of the Magi"

    - Vocabulary Preview Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

    - Vocabulary Preview Activity

    - Meaningful Gift Activity

    - Character Traits Worksheet

    - Plot Summary + Hashtag Help Activities

    - 10 Task Cards for Discussions

    - Thank You Note Activity (with rubric for teacher)

    - Essay Question (with rubric for teacher)

    - Final Unit Test and Answer Key

    "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes

    - Teacher Notes

    - Five Words Preview Activity

    - Types of Conflict Activity

    - 6 Critical Thinking Task Cards

    - New Year's Resolution Activity

    - Haiku Activity

    - Thank You Note Activity & Rubric

    - Essay Question & Rubric

    "The Chaser" by John Collier

    - Instructions for Use

    - Vocabulary Activity

    - 8 Task Cards/Discussion Questions

    - Theme Activity

    - Ten Word Story Activity

    - Response to Literature Questions

    - Evidence Tracker

    - Essay Graphic Organizer

    - Persuasive Essay Rubric

    - Love Advice Extension Activity

    "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

    - Instructions for Use

    - Popcorn Predictions Activity

    - Blank Student Copy of "The Necklace" & Teacher Annotated Copy of "The Necklace"

    - Focusing on Theme Activity

    - Instagram Activity

    - Evidence Tracker

    - Socratic Seminar Questions / Discussion Questions

    - "The Necklace" Test with Answer Key

    - Essay Question

    - Essay Rubric

    "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

    - Pre-Reading Activity

    - Teacher Notes

    - Point of View Eye Art Activity

    - I Am Poem Activity

    - Map and Quote Activity

    - Figurative Language Scavenger Hunt and Justification Activity

    - Discussion Questions

    - Final Essay Question with Rubric

    - 50-Question Final Unit Test

    "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

    - Instructions for Use

    - "The Lottery" Poster

    - Vocabulary Word Wall Cards

    - Vocabulary Preview Activity

    - Popcorn Predictions Activity

    - Teacher Notes

    - Setting Activity

    - Traditions and Behavior Activity

    - Suspense and Foreshadowing Activity

    - Focusing on Theme Activity

    - Final Unit Test

    - Essay Question

    - Essay Rubric

    "The End of Something" by Ernest Hemingway

    - Teacher Notes

    - Instructions for Use

    - Vocabulary Preview Activity

    - Characterization Activity

    - Reflecting on The End of Things Activity

    - Narrative Writing Activity

    - Narrative Writing Brainstorm Graphic Organizer

    - Narrative Writing Outline Graphic Organizer

    - Comparing & Understanding SIX Types of Leads in Narrative Writing

    - Writing Your Own Leads Activity

    - Narrative Writing Rubric

    - Final Essay Question

    - Essay Graphic Organizers

    - Essay Rubric

    - Extension Activity - Comic Strip of What Happened Next?

    *PLEASE NOTE: Due to copyright law, he following resources DO NOT include a copy of the short story: "Soldier's Home," "Thank You, M'am," "The Chaser," "The Lottery," and "The End of Something."


    ★ A PERFECT FIT! ★

    No matter how you teach literature in your English classroom, these short stories can be used in any way that fits your curriculum. Use these 9 short stories:

    - as a Complete Short Story Unit

    - during various holidays

    - to supplement larger novel units

    - across multiple grade levels (use 3 for 6th grade, 3 for 7th grade, and 3 for 8th grade)

    - a summer reading assignment

    - switch the stories out each year to avoid redundancy for yourself!



    "I LOVE THIS BUNDLE! It is amazing and so fun to use with middle school students. All of the resources within each story is incredible. THANK YOU!"

    "This resource is absolutely AMAZING! It is full of new resources for short stories that I already use - and great ideas for new stories!"

    "OMG! This is an amazing product. You made a great Hemingway story so accessible and fun. Great use of close reading skills, annotation, and writing. I really love the leads examples. Please keep coming up with amazing products!"



    You can purchase our other Short Stories Bundle that includes the following 4 classics by CLICKING HERE:

    - "The Gift of the Magi"

    - "The Lottery"

    - "The Necklace"

    - "The Most Dangerous Game"


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
    Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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