Suspense Unit: Short Story Analysis and Composition

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Looking for a unit that encourages student excitement as they read, analyze, and compose short stories? Need something to fill 2-3 weeks between other, longer units? This is for you!

In this unit, students will determine what makes a story suspenseful, be exposed to several classic short stories and authors, and learn to compose their own suspenseful short story.

Included:
-Instructions to run the entire unit from brainstorming to story questioning and analysis and from composition to peer-editing
-Reusable worksheet for story analysis
-Short story recommendations that can be added to, removed, or replaced according to preference and need
-Online links to text for all stories suggested

Stories read:
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank R. Stockton
“Rain, Rain, Go Away” by Isaac Asimov
“The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed” by Ray Bradbury

Includes PDF and Docx versions for ease of use and customization.

A great unit for right around Halloween or any time!

Also available in a great Halloween Bundle:
Halloween Bundle for Middle and High School Literature or English

Once you have downloaded, looked over, and/or used this, please leave feedback! Thanks!

Rebecca Gettelman

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10
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks

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