6th Grade Short Story Unit | Distance Learning


6th Grade Short Story Unit | PDF and Digital Formats: This short story unit contains great short stories for middle school classrooms. Students will enjoy this differentiated and engaging unit. This unit focuses on literary elements of plot, character, setting, theme, and conflict as well as these literary devices: similes, metaphors, symbols, foreshadowing and hyperbole. Use this unit to introduce or review literary elements and literary devices with your students.


  • This unit is Google Classroom™️ compatible with individual PDFs and Google Slides™️ graphic organizers included.


✎Short Story Unit Outline

  1. Activating Prior Knowledge Graffiti Brainstorm
  2. What is a short story?
  3. Literary Elements Note
  4. Literary Elements Practice Stations
  5. Literary Elements Quiz
  6. Literary Devices Note
  7. Literary Devices Practice
  8. Literary Devices Quiz
  9. Short Story Group Work & Choice Board Project
  10. Short Story Application Task (Test)
  11. Write Your Own Short Story
  12. Short Story Sharing Café


7 Short Stories Covered

  1. Stray by Cynthia Rylant
  2. Just Once by Thomas J. Dygard
  3. The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
  4. Eleven by Sandra Cisneros
  5. The Beau Catcher by Frederick Laing
  6. Names/Nombres by Julia Alvarez



Due to copyright laws, individual PDFs of each short story are not included. These short stories are available online and in many textbooks


Unit Includes:

  • individual PDFs of student pages for uploading to Google Classroom or other LMS systems
  • Google Slides graphic organizers for 1:1 schools
  • literary elements and devices classroom posters (anchor charts)
  • student choice
  • comprehension questions, quizzes and test
  • scaffolded and regular graphic organizers options
  • unit plan and detailed daily lessons
  • lessons divided up with title pages for easy access
  • standards-based assessment options
  • points-based assessment options


Other Short Story Units

  1. 7th Grade Short Story Unit
  2. 8th Grade Short Story Unit