Ultimate Short Story Unit Bundle | Secondary ELA Short Stories Activities


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This short story bundle for grades 7-10 is a complete short story unit full of activities. Included in this short story bundle is a variety of teacher resources: lesson plans, graphic organizers, mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, quizzes, scaffolded questions, and more for FIFTEEN popular short stories.

BONUS: This short story unit contains a bonus short story activity, available in this bundle. All 15 of these short story activities are in my store individually, but this bundle contains a bonus activity for the short story “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara, completely free!

Short Story Activities in this Literature Bundle:

Each story comes with an editable lesson plan.

The Monkey’s Paw- Material for W. W. Jacobs’ story includes a quiz, mentor sentence activity, theme analysis questions, short story graphic organizer, and writing activity.

Poison- This product contains a writing activity, mentor sentences, quiz, and point of view graphic organizer.

There Will Come Soft Rains- Teach Ray Bradbury’s story with an anticipatory set, reading chart, quiz, mentor sentences, and poem analysis.

The Colomber- Engage students with “The Colomber” by Dino Buzzati through differentiated mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, a reflective activity, and a quiz.

Marigolds- Teach Eugenia W. Collier’s story, “Marigolds,” with mentor sentences, a quiz, writing assignment, & figurative language task cards.

The Gift of the Magi- Present “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry with a short story graphic organizer, mentor sentences, reading questions, and quiz.

The Lady or the Tiger- Debate “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton with anticipatory questions, reading quiz, mentor sentences, and vocabulary.

The Necklace- Teach Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” with anticipatory questions, reading guide, quiz, discussion starter, vocabulary activity, short story graphic organizer, plot diagram, and mentor sentences.

The Scarlet Ibis- Teach James Hurst’s beautiful story with anticipatory questions, mentor sentences, vocabulary activities, quizzes, and an editable presentation.

Wine on the Desert- Surprise students with the ending of Max Brand’s story with vocabulary activities, mentor sentences, quiz, writing activity, and short story graphic organizer.

The Lottery-  Study Shirley Jackson’s famous story with mentor sentences, vocabulary, an anticipatory set of questions, study guide, presentation, and quiz.

Two Friends-  Read Guy de Maupassant’s wartime story and study punctuation (commas and semicolons), vocabulary, and the use of “famine” during war. Quiz included as well.

The Most Dangerous Game-  Richard Connell’s famous story provides opportunity to study vocabulary, figurative language, and theme. Story and vocabulary quizzes included.

Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird-  Teach Toni Cade Bambara’s beautiful story with essay prompts, review questions, and a literary device activity.

Rules of the Game- Share Amy Tan’s famous story with vocabulary, author study, story questions, and activities for “Rules of the Game.”

BONUS: Raymond’s Run  by Toni Cade Bambara

These activities for teaching short stories will work with a variety of grade levels, primarily grades 7-10.

This short story bundle contains all of the above stores as well as questions for “Raymond’s Run.”

Goals for teaching short stories:

When I teach short stories, I work to accomplish several goals.

√ To provide student choice.

√ To practice writing.

√ To connect grammar to literature with mentor sentences. Not only do I want to reach literature standards, but I also want to reach language standards.

√ To study vocabulary in context.

√ To provide a variety of ways for students to demonstrate their understanding. To that end, I have created multiple choice quizzes (perfect exit tickets!), reading questions, task cards, and other activities for these stories.

If you are looking for short story activities that provide a variety of learning opportunities and help you reach standards in new ways, this bundle will help you. Since I never teach the same order of short stories with the same activities twice, you benefit! You will be able to mix and match short stories with different activities for years to come.

Details about this short story bundle:

√ Short story lesson plans and activities come in editable and non-editable files. Please note: the graphic organizers or files that contain images are not editable.

√ The bonus activities for “Raymond’s Run” will ask you to make a copy of an editable presentation.

√ These activities DO help with short story reading comprehension.

√ I provide lifetime updates and new short story activities.

√ Licensing allows for you to use these short story lesson plans and activities for short stories in person or online.

√ Please reach out to me with any questions!