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EngageNY Grade 7 ELA Module 3: Understanding Perspectives: Slavery—The People Could Fly

For Teachers 7th Standards
What makes stories powerful? That’s the question seventh-graders consider in a three-unit, eight-week module. Scholars analyze how Frederick Douglas, in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, uses figurative language and word...
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W.7.3 - Narrative Writing: 7th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 7th Standards
Even for creative scholars, writing effective narrative pieces requires practice, thoughtful reflection on other narrative pieces, and technique. These resources are all aligned to the W.7.3 common core standards and will have your...
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Flocabulary: Language Arts

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Viewers of a four-video collection can go with the flow as they listen and watch raps about hyperbole, types of text structure, pronouns, and setting. The clever animation, rhymes, repetition, and catchy music are sure to engage the...
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Writing Short Stories: The Fun Way

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Do your young authors suffer from writer's block when they try to write short stories? Access their natural creativity with C-Gor, the writing monster! The instructional activity takes aspiring authors through a new writing process...
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Short Story Planning Guide

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
A short story is only as strong as its characters, development, and conflicts. Encourage the young authors in your class to plan their stories based on the elements of narrative writing, all provided in brainstorming graphic organizers.
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Elements of the Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What elements make the short story a distinct genre? After generating a list of common elements and a working definition, class members identify the characters, setting, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, and conclusion in “The Three...
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Analyzing Short Stories/Novels

For Students 9th - 12th
Good questions can help focus readers' attention on the elements writers use to add depth to their stories. The questions on this worksheet do just that and encourage readers to think critically about a story and author's purpose.
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Short Story Notes

For Students 6th - 12th
Introduce the genre of the short story to your class. You can make a handout out of this resource or develop extensive notes from the information included. Cover development, characteristics, types, and elements of the short story, with...
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Snapshots of a Short Story

For Teachers 1st
First graders will be creating and filling in a graphic organizer using Kidspiration, as a pre-writing activity for their short story piece. They then use their graphic organizers to write their entire short story. Once written, the...
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Narrative Writing: An Imagined Story Unit Introduction

For Teachers 4th Standards
Let's pretend! Ben Bova's short story "Moonwalk" is used as a mentor text in a unit that shows kids how to create their own imaginative narratives. A great resource that deserves a special place in your curriculum library.
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All Summer in a Day

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Deep in December it can be hard to remember that it was ever warm enough to go swimming. Imagine what it would be like to only have a sunny day once every seven years! Ray Bradbury's gripping short story, "All Summer in a Day" tells the...
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Reading Practice: Boris the Brainiest Baby

For Students K - 2nd Standards
Boris is the smartest baby around! Beginning readers can use this short story excerpt to practice reading comprehension and fiction elements. They read the story and then discuss what they think he will do next. Scholars create an...
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Imagining Your Science Fiction Short Story

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders brainstorm ideas for their own science fiction story. Using worksheets, they sketch the plot and setting for their story. They create appropriate characters and develop their interactions among each other. They share...
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Brown Bagging with Short Stories

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students participate in a study of short story elements, applying their knowledge and understanding to a selection of short stories.  In this short stories lesson, students read five short story selections, identifying conflict, plot,...
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Illustrating the Elements of a Story

For Students 6th - 8th
Explore the elements of a story with this two-page graphic organizer. Readers write and draw descriptions of each element, including setting, plot, conflict, rising action, climax, dialogue, and narration.
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The Importance of Setting in a Story

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Where does it happen? When did it happen? These are two questions that play a key role in understanding the setting of a story. The fourth and final video in a Language Arts playlist uses a song to explain how the setting connects to...
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Writing Fiction: Using Older Characters

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Out with the old and in with the new? Not so in this lesson plan, which explores the idea of writing older characters in fiction. Young scholars learn the value of varying their characters, exploring different perspectives, and avoiding...
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Discovering Character

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Young readers work on the process of characterization through an array of literary and real-life examples. They begin by learning the basic process of characterization (STANDO), and analyze movie clips, pictures, and their own...
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Foreshadowing and Situational Irony in Kate Chopin Short Stories

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This resource contains summaries of the stories featured, but limited procedural detail. Readers compare Chopin's stories' use of situational irony and foreshadowing. High interest content (questionable paternity, missing persons) for...
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A Fantasy Story: Spooky!

For Students K - 1st Standards
This creepy fantasy story needs an ending! Learners use a spooky voice to read a short story ending at an ellipsis...what was in the dark, dark box? They illustrate what they think could have been in there and write a title for the...
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Building Fiction: Elements of a Short Story

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define and interpret the elements found in a short story. Then they identify the elements of plot found in a short story. Students also apply knowledge of plot to an original work of fiction. Finally, they identify the...
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Tone and Style: The Subtleties of the Short Story

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The elements of good writing are the focus of a presentation designed for short story writers. Included is advice from famous writers on how to develop a style, emphasize the tone of a story, utilize the predictable, and maintain interest.
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Dystopian Literature: from Fiction to Fact

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Imagine an entire course devoted to dystopian literature. If that concept appeals to you, check out this course that uses 1984 as the anchor text and includes classic short stories as well.
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Short Story Inspiration

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders write an original story using a picture of a scene inspiration. In this short story lesson, 10th graders write short stories using a picture.

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