Just choose a short story, download this product, and BAM! your lesson plans are complete. This resource contains activities for before, during, after reading. (There are even 2 pages for after reading to expand on their learning even more!) This will help bring the story to life, as students are asked to visualize and draw different elements of the story and will also bring many different story elements home (such as climax, theme, character motivations, character traits, and more!) Students will even have the opportunity to express their opinion on the story, with a short story review. This product connects to Common Core and asks students to cite textual evidence on many occasions. Would make excellent sub plans or emergency sub plans, as well!