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Elements of a Short Story Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Short stories are a fun way to explore the world of fiction, and with this lesson plan your students will be able to do so. You will introduce the elements of a short story, and show them how to incorporate those in their own writing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the basic elements of a short story
  • Identify literary elements within famous short stories
  • Write their own short stories, containing conflict and plot

Length

90-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.5

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Copies of a famous short story, perhaps The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Monkey's Paw, The Little Match Girl, or To Build a Fire
  • A list of famous short stories

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