Interested in a new unit to shake things up? Looking for author diversity? Tired of the same old stories? Check out this MASSIVE bundle of resources that comprise an entire unit of study. This resource contains FOUR-SIX WEEKS OF COMPLETE LESSON MATERIAL! You don't have to create a SINGLE thing. This unit is appropriate for 9-12th graders. The lessons are geared more towards advanced students, but can easily be done with grade-level kids as well. I have used it for advanced 9th, 10th, and 11th grade, as well as regular 11th and 12th grade.
This short story unit is a fantastic way to start your year, but I typically use it in second or third quarter when student interest is waning. It's a clever way to get your kids back in the game and interested in English class. My kids debate these stories for days and it’s been reported that they even take the debate to the lunch room to keep discussing the texts! THAT'S how much they love this unit.
Your standards for Common Core or SOL are ALL included in this unit – Every single standard is addressed throughout the course of these 4-6 weeks, and every single lesson is observation-worthy.
The bundle includes:
• A unit overview sheet that explains the rationale, structure, and assignments/assessments throughout the entire unit
• A day-by-day calendar to follow with helpful details, lesson structure, and tips.
• The calendar also has links to ALL the texts so you don’t have to spend time on Google Search!
• Helpful handouts and information on the student-led discussion assignment that drives the entire unit. This bundle contains a calendar and a model for students to use as they create their questions for the story you will assign them. On the day of their short story, they will lead the class discussion on the text.
• The answer keys for EVERY quiz
• Individual folders for each short story lesson with a PowerPoint (one for every day), quizzes, warm ups, individual activities, discussion directions and reflection, partner work, closures, etc.
• Hills Like White Elephants – A TWO-DAY PowerPoint for this story and an entire folder that includes a quiz to check that your students read the text, warm-up activities for both days, notes on Hemingway, a close-reading activity, a partner Venn Diagram activity, a student-led discussion and reflection, and an extended response.
• I Stand Here Ironing – A PowerPoint for this story and an entire folder that includes a quiz, a student-led discussion, a discussion reflection, information on what a literary commentary is, and a commentary assignment.
• A Rose for Emily – A TWO-DAY PowerPoint for this story and an entire folder that includes a quiz, comprehension/warm-up questions, a student-led discussion, notes on Faulkner and the Antebellum South, an allegorical analysis of the text, AP-style writing assignment, and a literary device scavenger hunt.
• Sonny’s Blues – My FAVORITE short story for the whole unit. This resource includes a GORGEOUS PowerPoint and an entire folder that includes a quiz, a warm-up with comprehension questions, notes on James Baldwin, a student-led discussion and reflection, and a close-reading/analysis.
• Indian Education – This resource includes a PowerPoint for this story and a folder that includes a quiz, a quotation-analysis warm up, notes on Sherman Alexie, a student-led discussion and reflection, and a short-focused research assignment.
• A Temporary Matter – An AMAZING PowerPoint and a folder that includes a quiz, a PARCC/SOL style warm up, a student-led discussion and reflection, notes on the characterization in the story, a court-case style warm up activity where students are with a partner and must argue both sides of a prompt, and a closure.
• My Life with the Wave – A PowerPoint and a folder that includes a quiz, a quotation-analysis warm up, a student-led discussion, notes on the author, extended metaphors, and feminist literary criticism, a close-reading/analysis, and a Family Feud game!
• A summative writing assessment with prompt options for your students and the rubric that goes along with it!