The Twilight Zone series featured some of the best short stories on television. These stories are excellent to use as a teaching tool for short story elements. They lead to great discussions in the classroom, and can be used over many grade levels. I started using these episodes many years ago to teach 5th graders how to recognize plot development and turning point. I found having a quick worksheet using multiple choice questions, and sometimes a few open ended questions, was a great way to review literary terms and really spark discussion. The episodes are about 24 minutes long, but often the lesson can go over 45 minutes- students will love to talk about these!
This story is great for all levels, from a simple discussion of characters, to an in-depth conversation on existentialism. (A little refresher research might be needed for those of us who haven't had a philosophy course in 25 years!)
The format might have to be tweaked a little from the download. Let me know if you want a different format, or are interested in a different episode! 10 multiple choice questions on various literary elements; Answer keys are included.