The Power of Story

How can reading short stories benefit people? To conclude a unit study of this genre, class members script and film a public service announcement addressing this essential question.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign some of the short stories as homework before teaching the lesson
  • Connect the lesson to a unit on elements of a short story, characterization, or literary theme
Classroom Considerations

  • The short stories included in the unit are "The Monkeys Paw," "The Necklace," "The Old Man at the Bridge," "The Censors," and "Robot Dreams"
  • Although designed to be used with the Glenco textbook, all the stories are readily available online
Pros

  • The 27-page packet includes detailed plans for each short story, writing prompts, the public service announcement assignment and a rubric for it 
Cons

  • None