Interpreting a Short Story
Eighth graders explore literary genre of the short story and examine how, through writing, an author can comment directly/indirectly on our society as a whole.
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Fiction, Poetry, and Drama Part 1
Similar to a textbook, this resource includes multiple texts, plenty of explanation, lots of practice, and several graphic organizers. Use all of the materials, or pick and choose from such texts as "The Circuit," "Shoes for Hector,"...
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Identifying the Elements of Plot in a Short Story
Middle schoolers identify the elements of plot in a short story. They watch a PowerPoint presentation on the five basic elements of a plot diagram, read a short story, create a plot diagram using an activity sheet, and design a brochure...
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Identify the Five Elements of a Short Story
Help your class to learn to identify the key elements of a short story using previously read works. They work in small groups to answer questions about point-of-view, conflict, characters, and setting. Then, they use a graphic organizer...
7th - 10th English Language Arts
Putting Images into Words
Engage your class in art analysis of Indian Look-Alike by Melanie Yazzie. Using this work of art as inspiration, writers compose a poem or short story. After a peer review session, the teacher conveys information about the work of art as...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Work on characterization with a narrative writing lesson, in which middle schoolers interpret a character's perspective. They discuss family traditions and examine how culture can influence a character's perspective. Next, they read...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Tell Us a Tale: Teaching Students to Be Storytellers
Encourage scholars to retell their favorite short story or folktale, adding personal details to make it their own. After reading their book of choice several times, story tellers retell a tale verbally to their classmates.
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable