Ch 4: Short Stories Lesson Plans for Middle School

About This Chapter

This chapter presents convenient and effective lesson plan outlines designed for middle school short story classes. These lesson plans are complemented with engaging lessons you can show your students.

Short Stories Lesson Plans for Middle School - Chapter Summary

This chapter will teach you how to successfully plan lessons for middle school short story classes. The chapter covers several important short stories, including:

  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • The Necklace
  • To Build a Fire
  • On the Sidewalk Bleeding

After learning how to lay out lesson plans for these titles, you'll learn how you can challenge your classes with comprehension, discussion and essay questions. These lessons also come with interactive quizzes and a chapter exam to make sure you're ready to present the material to your students.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Covers important short story components, including summaries and themes
  • Additional resources: Comes with engaging lessons you can show your students in class before classroom activities and discussions
  • Class discussion: Provides several questions you can use to prompt class discussion and improve student comprehension

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning short story lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific short story topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your short stories class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related short story lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important literary concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant short story activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 4: Short Stories Lesson Plans for Middle School
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The Most Dangerous Game Lesson Plan

1. The Most Dangerous Game Lesson Plan

The hunter becomes the hunted in the classic adventure story by Richard Connell, 'The Most Dangerous Game.' The main character Rainsford must outwit a former Russian general to keep his life. Your class will learn from this lesson whether Rainsford not only keeps his life, but his morals as well.

The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

2. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes

Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.

The Most Dangerous Game Essay Questions

3. The Most Dangerous Game Essay Questions

The short story 'The Most Dangerous Game' is a staple for high school English classes. This lesson has essay topics that will help you assess what students learn from this selection.

The Most Dangerous Game Comprehension Questions

4. The Most Dangerous Game Comprehension Questions

Use this lesson to determine student comprehension of 'The Most Dangerous Game'. Questions cover all levels of understanding and can be used during and after reading to check comprehension of plot, setting and characters.

The Most Dangerous Game Discussion Questions

5. The Most Dangerous Game Discussion Questions

Teachers, 'The Most Dangerous Game' introduces students to big game hunting. This lesson will explore the scenes and characters and prompt students to complete a literary analysis of the book while formulating their opinion about the sport.

The Necklace Discussion Questions

6. The Necklace Discussion Questions

Teachers, the questions from this lesson will confirm that your students read the short story. The literary analysis will enhance their comprehension and allow them to apply the book's theme and moral to everyday life.

The Necklace Comprehension Questions

7. The Necklace Comprehension Questions

Teachers utilize this lesson to ensure students read the book. These questions test both comprehension as well as critical thinking skills. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

Ghost of the Lagoon by Armstrong Sperry Summary

8. Ghost of the Lagoon by Armstrong Sperry Summary

In this lesson, you will learn about an interesting short story by Armstrong Sperry. The short story is titled ~'Ghost of the Lagoon,~' and it takes place in French Polynesia.

To Build A Fire Lesson Plan

9. To Build A Fire Lesson Plan

Jack London's short story 'To Build a Fire' is a great one for middle school students. With the help of this lesson plan, students will read a text lesson that helps them to summarize the plot of the story and identify theme before applying their new understanding to an activity.

To Build a Fire: Summary & Themes

10. To Build a Fire: Summary & Themes

This lesson investigates Jack London's 'To Build a Fire.' Find out what happens when man confronts the unforgiving elements of Alaska's Yukon trail, and learn about the themes of this unforgettable story.

On the Sidewalk Bleeding Lesson Plan

11. On the Sidewalk Bleeding Lesson Plan

Short stories are great teaching tools. This lesson plan will help your students summarizes and analyze the short story 'On the Sidewalk Bleeding.' Guided questions and activities included.

On the Sidewalk Bleeding: Summary & Themes

12. On the Sidewalk Bleeding: Summary & Themes

This is a summary of Evan Hunter's 1956 short story ''On the Sidewalk Bleeding'' as well as a detailed discussion of the main themes of social responsibility and identity that are found within.

The Treasure of Lemon Brown Lesson Plan

13. The Treasure of Lemon Brown Lesson Plan

Increase comprehension of the short story 'The Treasure of Lemon Brown' by Walter Dean Myers with this lesson plan. Students read a summary of the story, identify literary devices, then discuss plot and major themes. They then complete an activity to solidify key concepts.

The Treasure of Lemon Brown: Summary & Theme

14. The Treasure of Lemon Brown: Summary & Theme

In this lesson, we will explore the summary and theme of Walter Dean Myers' short story, 'The Treasure of Lemon Brown.' In this story, a young boy learns about life, family, and how treasures - whether expensive or not - define who we are.

The Treasure of Lemon Brown Questions

15. The Treasure of Lemon Brown Questions

'The Treasure of Lemon Brown' is about a young man, his relationship with his dad and his encounter with a homeless man named Lemon. Assign students these questions to ensure comprehension while allowing them to discuss their opinions and experiences as it relates to the storyline.

The Treasure of Lemon Brown Activities

16. The Treasure of Lemon Brown Activities

'The Treasure of Lemon Brown' by Walter Myers explores parental guidance, a young boy's defiance, and homelessness. In these activities, students will research the challenges of homelessness, complete a literary analysis, and share their treasures with the class.

Amigo Brothers Lesson Plan

17. Amigo Brothers Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the value of friendship in this lesson plan about 'Amigo Brothers' by Piri Thomas. After students have read the book, they will read a summary, complete discussion questions, engage in an activity and take a quiz.

Amigo Brothers: Summary & Themes

18. Amigo Brothers: Summary & Themes

'Amigo Brothers' by Piri Thomas is the story of two best friends who have to face off in a boxing competition. This lesson provides a summary and discusses the themes of friendship and competition in the story.

The Necklace Lesson Plan

19. The Necklace Lesson Plan

Help students summarize and analyze the short story 'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant with this lesson plan. Students will read a passage that summarizes the story, then discuss key events and characters. Finish the lesson with an analysis of characters.

The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant: Summary

20. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant: Summary

They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but that grass comes with a price. View this summary of ''The Necklace'' by Guy de Maupassant to find out how much Mme. Loisel paid to see the other side.

The Necklace Pre-Reading Activities

21. The Necklace Pre-Reading Activities

'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant is a tale of pride, suffering, and irony. This lesson details how to complete several pre-reading activities in order to prepare students to get the most from the selection.

They're Made Out of Meat Lesson Plan

22. They're Made Out of Meat Lesson Plan

''They're Made Out of Meat'' by Terry Bisson is about two characters discussing extraterrestrial meat creatures, their characteristics and communication. Students should have already read the story. at which point instructors can assign the following discussion questions and activity.

The Last Leaf Lesson Plan

23. The Last Leaf Lesson Plan

'The Last Leaf' by O. Henry is more than just a story about a dying person. Students will broaden their understanding of the storyline by answering questions and completing an activity after they read the short story.

Raymond's Run Lesson Plan

24. Raymond's Run Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story while making personal connections, and define figurative language while reading ''Raymond's Run'' by Toni Cade Bambara.

Eleven by Sandra Cisneros Lesson Plan

25. Eleven by Sandra Cisneros Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students summarize and describe the major themes in the short story 'Eleven' by Sandra Cisneros. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird Lesson Plan

26. Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students make inferences, determine the author's message, and analyze characters while reading 'Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird' by Toni Cade Bambara.

The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier Lesson Plan

27. The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier Lesson Plan

''The Birds'' by Daphne du Maurier explores a long-standing conflict about man vs. nature. After students have read the book, they will answer discussion questions, confirm their understanding about the characters and events, and complete an activity.

Elements of a Short Story Lesson Plan

28. Elements of a Short Story Lesson Plan

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.

A Long Walk to Water Project Ideas

29. A Long Walk to Water Project Ideas

'A Long Walk to Water' is a novel by Linda Sue Park that takes place in tribal Africa. Use the projects in this asset to help students pull meaning from the story and apply it to their own lives.

Short Story Unit Plan for Middle School

30. Short Story Unit Plan for Middle School

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.

Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros Discussion Questions

31. Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros Discussion Questions

''Woman Hollering Creek'' is a collection of short stories about women along the US-Mexican border. Dealing in themes of culture, transborder identities, gender, abuse, and hope, there's a lot to talk about within each vignette.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Discussion Questions

32. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Discussion Questions

''Rebecca'' is a classic work of Gothic literature, written by Dame Daphne du Maurier. These questions can help guide your students through a discussion about the book's plot, structure, and themes.

Where Have You Gone Charming Billy Discussion Questions

33. Where Have You Gone Charming Billy Discussion Questions

These questions can help you to guide your students through a class discussion on the short story 'Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?,' working through its plot and themes.

Picture Book Activities for Middle School

34. Picture Book Activities for Middle School

Picture books are not just for the little ones. Middle school students can explore the content and use it to inspire thinking, learning, and writing. Engage your students in these activities to help them launch their learning using picture books.

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