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6th Grade Short Story Unit



Total Pages: 168
Answer Key: Included with rubric
Teaching Duration: 3 Weeks
File Size: 18 MB
File Type: Zip

6th Grade Short Story Unit

This 6th grade short story unit contains great short stories for middle school classrooms. Students will enjoy this differentiated and engaging unit. This 6th grade short story 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 are included.


  1. Due to copyright laws, individual PDFs of each short story are not included. These short stories are available online and in many textbooks.
  2. This 6th Grade Short Story Unit resource is NOT editable.

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 6th Grade 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

5 Short Stories Covered:

  1. “The Wish” by Roald Dahl
  2. “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier
  3. “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros
  4. “The Beau Catcher” by Frederick Laing
  5. “Names/Nombres” by Julia Alvarez

 6th Grade Short Story 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

 6th Grade Short Story Unit – Teacher Feedback:

  1. “What a fantastic resource! My students enjoyed the activities in this unit. I appreciated the thorough daily lesson plan. The stations can be easily converted into independent activities for students. My students completed this unit with a thorough understanding of the literary elements and devices covered and were even able to identify them in short stories they chose to read on their own.”
  2. “Loved this unit! I started our year with this resource and focuses on reading for lit. standards first and this was a great place to start. I bridged into a literary analysis paper using the literary elements discovered during this unit. The kids LOVED the stories.”
  3. “My students LOVED this unit as much as I did. The unit is filled with various lessons which provided me with options when delivering new concepts. It was engaging, and allowed my students to collaborate often with one another. I will be recommending this resource to all my teaching partners.”
  4. “This resource is a comprehensive look at short stories and the literary devices and elements contained therein. The unit offers engaging activties and many opportunities for assessment. A great purchase!”
  5. “I was able to take this unit and use it right away. It follows the Ontario curriculum so well and even fit in with the grade 5 expectations (I have a split class). When we went online it was easy to take this unit and edit a few things to make it accessible online.”
  6. “Another great resource from this TPT seller! Highly recommend to use for grade six. Looking forward to more future purchases. So helpful that this was made for google slides.”
  7. “A fun unit to get students writing. I love that there is room for collaboration. All of her content is so organized and easy to use.”

Are you looking for more short story units? 

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

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