Short Story Unit Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Get your middle school students excited about short stories! This unit plan guides students through the process of identifying story elements, analyzing characters, and crafting their own original short story.

Short Story

Short stories carry so many important lessons about literature. Guiding students through the basic story elements is essential. However, as middle school students, they are often already familiar with the basics. This unit starts by laying a strong foundation. Then, lessons and activities help students delve deeper into setting, character, plot, and theme. In so doing, they see how all the elements connect to create an amazing work of creative fiction. By the end of the unit, students will be pros at identifying and analyzing story elements. They will even have an opportunity to stretch their writing muscles and craft their own creative piece.

Building Context

Get started with this Short Story Lesson Plan, which provides essential context for the unit. In addition, it can serve as a foundation for other lesson plans and activities. You can refer to the knowledge they gain throughout the unit to reinforce learning.

Elements Overview

Use this Elements of a Short Story Lesson Plan for Middle School to teach or reinforce the basics. Be sure to use a few different types of short stories in the short story elements portion of the unit so students are exposed to the variety that exists within the genre. Add in some excitement with these Story Elements Activities.

To challenge advanced students, extend their learning with this Literary Elements Lesson Plan that digs a bit deeper into story analysis. To assist struggling students, engage them in this ESL Short Story Lesson Plan. This lesson plan is appropriate not just for English Language Learners, but for students who need additional academic support, as well.

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