"The Scarlet Ibis" Short Story Unit

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Making Meaning with Melissa
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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This worked really well for my students as we are in the hybrid model. It was interactive and helped them better understand the story.
Very detailed resource! I have used several of these digital notebooks in for the short story unit in my 9th grade class. They have been a time saver and the students have been engaged. Thank you!!
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This "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst resource works as a complete unit that gets students analyzing conflict, symbolism, and theme while practicing close reading strategies.  Eye-catching visuals and scaffolded connections help to build student knowledge, and an included literary response prompt helps students to consolidate their thinking. Completely paperless, this Google Slides resource is perfect for whole-class, group, or individual completion.


Students use the digital reader's notebook to enhance their reading of the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst. Included in 15 slides are:

  • Prewrite and review of literary terms
  • Reading check questions
  • Internal/External conflict review
  • Three Close Reading passages
  • Summary graphic organizer
  • Two slides of symbolism work
  • Foreshadowing organizer
  • Theme chart
  • Characterization work using the STEAL strategy
  • Literary response

This is thorough and engaging and your students will love it!

The resource also includes a link to the short story and an answer key.


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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Very detailed resource! I have used several of these digital notebooks for the short story unit in my 9th-grade class. They have been a time saver and the students have been engaged.  Thank you!!  (Rock Your Classroom)


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Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.


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