Short Story Unit 2


Short Story Unit 2: 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 “Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes

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 using “Test” by Theodore Thomas

7 Short Stories Covered

The Scholarship Jacket by Marta Salinas

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

The Chaser by John Collier

The Lady or The Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty

Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes

Test by Theodore Thomas

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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

-basic comprehension questions

-short story quiz

-short story 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