This worksheet can be used for any short story! Students must find a variety of literary elements for the story they are reading. All of the elements are from the Literature Terms notes I give them at the beginning of the course which is review for most students (see Literature Terms download).
Completing this BEFORE going over the story orally makes for interesting discussions! When first using this worksheet, I insist that students give each element a shot even if it isn't used clearly in the story so I can see that they are at least thinking about the element. Occasionally I get perspectives from students that I had not thought of myself which I just love. The student feels especially smart when I tell him/her that I'm going to add that idea to my key!
Completing this DURING the class reading of the story is not only good practice for the students, it helps me to informally assess how well students know and can find/analyze these elements in a story.
Completing this AFTER the story gives lower-level students practice in writing about stories analytically using complete sentences. For an upper-level activity, students can pick one element of the story and write a literary analysis paragraph. Students could even keep a journal/portfolio where they must write about a different element for each story covered. At the end of the short-story unit, higher level students could write and essay comparing/contrasting elements over several stories or discuss one particular element over multiple stories.
Students could keep these handouts as part of their notebooks, use them to review for tests, or who knows what else. This could be used as make-up work for any short story, or students could analyze a favorite story of theirs for extra credit. Sometimes I modify these for novels. If you have a unique activity, I would love the input/idea!
This is a simple worksheet that can save you time in analyzing any story! Time savers, aren't they wonderful?