Short Story Unit 1


Short Story Unit 1: 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 and foreshadowing. 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 1 and 2 contain the same lessons, but have different short stories, answer keys and final test.

✎Short Story Unit Outline
Activating Prior Knowledge Graffiti Activity
Elements of a Short Story Lesson (Slideshow and Graphic Organizer)
Whole Class Short Story Analysis Modelling & Practice using The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
Short Story Vocabulary Quiz
Short Story Analysis Whole Class or Group Options
Final Task: Short Story Choice Board
Short Story Drama Task (optional)
Short Story Application Test on Zoo by Edward D. Hoch

7 Short Stories Covered
The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
Amigo Brothers by Piri Thomas
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
Lose Now, Pay Later by Carol Farley
The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Zoo by Edward D. Hoch

******************** Teacher Feedback ********************

1. “Can’t wait to use this first quarter!”

2. “Very clear and detailed lesson that match well with the intermediate curriculum.”

3. “I am really looking forward to using this unit this year. I love the variety of stories and activities included. I also like that you have allowed for both group or individual work and have included both point and rubric based grading options. This is very thorough and looks fun and engaging. Thank you!”

4. “This resource (like all by this seller) is practical and ready to use. I’m always looking for a new way to work with short stories, and this fits the bill.”


❤️Unit Includes:
-individual PDFs of student pages for uploading to Google Classroom or other online learning portals
-Google Slides graphic organizers for 1:1 schools
-literary elements and devices classroom posters (anchor charts)
-student choice
-comprehension questions, quiz 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

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