Short Story Lesson Plans
Set Up and Introduction
Short Story Lesson Plans are best used when created as a group based
around one story.
If your goal is to teach the elements of a short story,
descriptive techniques in a short story, and contrasts in a short
story, you should choose a story that you enjoy and that is grade/skill
appropriate for your classroom to base all of the short story lessons
When to Teach Short Story
For the middle school language arts classroom, it's best to start your
year off with the short story. Many of the concepts you are going
to need later on as you get into more specific types of texts (i.e.,
poetry, drama, folktale, myth, novel studies) are best taught using
themes. The short story lesson plans give you a chance to introduce
topics quickly and efficiently while also continuing the ongoing
enhancing reading skills.
My Short Story Lesson Plans Set Up
Each short story lesson is written in the same format to keep it
simple. Each includes:
Set in minutes so that you can apply it to whatever type of block
schedule your school follows.
Quick explanation of my goals for the students by end of lesson.
List of materials needed to implement lesson.
The structured lesson given by the teacher before the students begin to
explore the work on their own. At KMS my mentor called them
"mini-lessons" because the point is to make it short and sweet so as
not to lose your students.
What the students will do as they begin to explore the topic on their
own. This is where extension of the lesson activities, the "put into
Homework related to the lesson. I try to give something every day
however, there may be days where homework is to finish work not
during work period.
Two final important
- The Right Hand Column
will House any links necessary to complete the lesson.
Be sure to check it before leaving
the short story lesson page you are viewing.
- At the bottom of each
page you will find a "Print This Lesson" button for your convenience.
This makes it really easy for you
to come away from your visit to my classroom with some great short
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