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6th Grade Short Story Unit – Reading Comprehension and Analysis



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

6th Grade Short Story Unit – Reading Comprehension and Analysis

Use this 6th Grade Short Story Unit to help your students learn about literary elements and literary devices (plot, character, setting, theme, conflict, similes, metaphors, symbols and foreshadowing). This differentiated short story unit focuses on 5 different short stories that will help your students reinforce key literacy concepts. Students will be encouraged to unleash their imagination and create their very own short stories at the end of this unit, fostering their creativity and honing their writing abilities.

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6th Grade Short Story Unit Includes:

  • 12 Lessons
  •  Detailed Teacher Instructions
  •  Lessons, Assignments, Rubrics
  •  Answer Keys
  •  Student Choice & Differentiation
  •  Anchor Charts
  •  Comprehension Questions
  •  Scaffolded Graphic Organizers
  •  Standards & Points-Based Assessments
  •  Group & Independent Work
  •  PDF & Google Slides™ Formats

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

  • “The Wish” by Roald Dahl
  • “The Hockey Sweater” by Roch Carrier
  • “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros
  • “The Beau Catcher” by Frederick Laing
  • “Names/Nombres” by Julia Alvarez

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage your 6th-grade ELA students in an enriching short story adventure that will ignite their imaginations, enhance their understanding of literary elements, and empower them as skilled storytellers.

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

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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