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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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Story and Place: Lessons from Australian Aboriginal Storytelling
Class members investigate Australian Aboriginal culture thought traditional stories and then create their own dreaming tales using specific details that create a sense of time and place.
6th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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
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
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
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
The Short Story: A Slice of Life
Young scholars are introduced to the characteristics of the short story. Individually, they use their own personal experiences to write a poem about their families to get them used to writing. Next, they practice reading various short...
7th - 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