This bundle is a complete short story unit full of short story activities. Included are lesson plans, graphic organizers, mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, quizzes, scaffolded questions, and more for ELEVEN popular short stories.
BONUS: This short story unit contains bonus short story, only available in this bundle. All of these short story activities are in my store individually, but this bundle contains a bonus activity for the short story "Blues Ain't No Mockinbird" by Toni Cade Bambara, completely free!
Short Story Activities in this Literature Bundle:
Each story comes with an editable lesson plan.
The Monkey's Paw,
Material for W. W. Jacobs' story includes a quiz, mentor sentence activity, theme analysis questions, graphic organizer, and writing activity.
This product contains a writing activity, mentor sentences, quiz, and point of view graphic organizer.
There Will Come Soft Rains
Teach Ray Bradbury's story with an anticipatory set, reading chart, quiz, mentor sentences, and poem analysis.
Engage students with "The Colomber" by Dino Buzzati through differentiated mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, a reflective activity, and a quiz.
Teach Eugenia W. Collier's story, "Marigolds," with mentor sentences, a quiz, writing assignment, & figurative language task cards.
The Gift of the Magi
Present "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry with a graphic organizer, mentor sentences, reading questions, and quiz.
The Lady or the Tiger
Debate "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank Stockton with anticipatory questions, reading quiz, mentor sentences, and vocabulary.
Teach Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" with anticipatory questions, reading guide, quiz, discussion starter, vocabulary activity, graphic organizer, plot diagram, and mentor sentences.
Teach James Hurst's beautiful story with anticipatory questions, mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, quizzes, and an editable presentation.
Wine on the Desert
Surprise students with the ending of Max Brand's story with vocabulary activities, mentor sentences, quiz, writing activity, and graphic organizer.
Study Shirley Jackson's famous story with mentor sentences, vocabulary, an anticipatory set of questions, study guide, presentation, and quiz.
Please click on the individual short stories in this bundle to see more detailed descriptions and pictures. These activities for teaching short stories will work with a variety of grade levels.
Goals for teaching short stories:
When I teach short stories, I work to accomplish several goals.
√ To provide student choice.
√ To practice writing.
√ To connect grammar to literature with mentor sentences. Not only do I want to reach literature standards, but I also want to reach language standards.
If you are looking for short story activities that provide a variety of learning opportunities and help you reach standards in new ways, this bundle will help you.
Details about this short story bundle:
√ Short story lesson plans and activities come in editable and non-editable files. Please note: the graphic organizers or files that contain images are not editable.
√ I provide lifetime updates and new short story activities.
√ Licensing allows for you to use these short story lesson plans and activities for short stories in person or online.
√ Please reach out to me with any questions!
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Feedback from other teachers about this short story unit:
This was a great resource to use with my 8th graders transitioning to high school. it was challenging enough, but also topics that students are interested in. It matches the standards well!
Easy to scaffold emerging ELLs. Also wonderful for an inclusive classroom. Thank you!
I love the variety offered in this resource bundle.