Short Story Unit: "Blundell's Improvement" by W.W. Jacobs (Print + DIGITAL)

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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Need a quick reading lesson or an emergency filler for a sub? This NO PREP short story unit contains the story text, vocabulary cards, a 25 multiple choice question quiz, and a vocabulary matching quiz. It meets 9-10th grade CCSS Reading Literature 9.6 and 10.6. (a work of literature from outside the US). ANSWER KEYS ARE INCLUDED.

GO DIGITAL! Choose printed or paperless resources! The short story text and review quiz are available as Google Drive files. A vocabulary and definitions list is also included to allow you to easily import into Flippity, Kahoot, Quizlet, etc. to create digital flashcards or word games.

Synopsis: John Blundell wants to marry Miss Turnbull. Their courtship had been going well, until the dashing young Sergeant Daly came to town to visit relatives and now seems to be stealing Miss Turnbull’s heart. Mr. Turnbull is in a hurry for his daughter to wed so that he can remarry. (His fiancé won’t marry him until his daughter is out of his house.) He hatches a plan to help the quiet, unassuming Mr. Blundell appear a hero in his daughter’s eyes. But “Blundell’s Improvement” to the plan provides an amusing, surprising ending to this sweet story.

Although many of Jacobs’ short stories are humorous, he is most famous for his horror story "The Monkey's Paw". “Blundell’s Improvement” is filled with gentle humor and appropriate for grades 5 and up.

Included in this Short Story Unit:

Short Story Text for “Blundell's Improvement” by W. W. Jacobs:

▸Original story with glossary (digital option)

Vocabulary Building Materials:

▸Glossary (digital option)

▸Word Wall Cards

▸Vocabulary and Definition Cards

▸Vocabulary Quiz (answer key included)


▸Vocabulary Review Quiz (matching)

▸Review Quiz (M/C) (digital option)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.


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