Ch 6: Short Story Authors Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Some of the world's finest literature comes in the form of short stories, and this chapter can help your literature class students learn about some influential short story writers from around the world. These short and engaging lessons can supplement your classroom materials by offering ideas to guide your class discussions and project examples.

Short Story Authors Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Support your teaching of short story authors by implementing our lessons into your literature class lesson plans. This chapter offers short, engaging lessons covering American, Indian, Spanish, Russian, Irish and English authors. Lessons delve into the influence and impact of each writers' short works as well as common titles, themes and styles.

You can have students refer to these lessons outside the classroom as study aids or project references, or you can use them as in-class tools to facilitate class discussions.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Ensures that your literature lessons pertaining to short story writers and their works meet education standards.
  • Individual or group projects: Use these lessons to assign projects to your students, such as writing essays about specific writers discussed in these lessons.
  • Homework or classroom suggestions: Assign the lessons as supplemental homework assignments or use them to support classroom discussions.

How It Works

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

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

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: Short Story Authors Lesson Plans
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American Short Story Writers

1. American Short Story Writers

American literature is filled with stories from brilliant minds. In this lesson, we will look at Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor, and Kate Chopin, four prominent American short story writers.

Irish Short Story Writers

2. Irish Short Story Writers

Irish short story writers such as Samuel Beckett, Frank O'Connor, William Trevor, and Anne Enright have contributed great stories to Irish literature. In this lesson, we'll learn about the authors and one of their short stories.

Indian Short Story Writers

3. Indian Short Story Writers

In this lesson we will learn about Jhumpa Lahiri, Mulk Raj Anand, R. K. Narayan, and Anita Desai as well as their works, influences, and writing inspiration. We will also learn the names of additional important Indian creative writers.

Short Story Writers from Spain

4. Short Story Writers from Spain

Short stories can be fast, powerful reads. This lesson will cover a variety of short story writers from Spain in different genres, as well as a small synopsis about each writer.

Russian Short Story Writers

5. Russian Short Story Writers

Russian literature has a rich history of exemplary literary works. It all starts with Pushkin and proceeds from there. Whether it is Gogol, Chekhov, Bunin, or one of many others, their development of the short story demonstrates why they are considered masters.

English Short Story Writers

6. English Short Story Writers

The short story is one of the most popular prose genre in contemporary literature. Great Britain has produced many well-known writers of the short story format. This lesson will provide an overview of several British authors.

Frank Stockton: Books, Short Stories & Art

7. Frank Stockton: Books, Short Stories & Art

Frank R. Stockton was a man of many arts. In his short story, 'The Lady, or the Tiger?' he has readers questioning: door No. 1 or door No. 2? See what other tricks he has up his artistic sleeves in a review of his art and his writing.

Shirley Jackson's The Possibility of Evil Lesson Plan

8. Shirley Jackson's The Possibility of Evil Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers prepare an author study about Shirley Jackson and the short story 'The Possibility of Evil.' Using a text lesson, students will analyze the story and its characters.

Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Discussion Questions

9. Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Discussion Questions

'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson is a psychological thriller that continues to fascinate readers more than seventy years after its original publication. This article contains discussion questions for classrooms.

Girl by Jamaica Kincaid Discussion Questions

10. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid Discussion Questions

Jamaica Kincaid's 'Girl' is a strong story of how to live a proper life. The style is truly unique. This asset offers multiple discussion questions to help your middle and high school students develop a deep appreciation for this work.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Discussion Questions

11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Discussion Questions

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who grows younger over time. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Araby Discussion Questions

12. Araby Discussion Questions

Would you like to teach the short story 'Araby' by James Joyce to your students? These following discussion questions delve into the plot and the complex themes presented by the legendary Irish poet.

The Monkey's Paw Discussion Questions

13. The Monkey's Paw Discussion Questions

The Monkey's Paw is the haunting story of a cursed talisman and one family's decision to use it. Use these discussion questions to guide your high school students in their analysis of this fascinating tale.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish Discussion Questions

14. A Perfect Day for Bananafish Discussion Questions

~'A Perfect Day for Bananafish~' is a short story written in 1948 by J. D. Salinger. It was published in the New York Times and is a quick read for high school students. Use these questions to help students think critically about the plot.

Drown by Junot Diaz Discussion Questions

15. Drown by Junot Diaz Discussion Questions

The following discussion questions can be used to help your students work through the stories of ''Drown'', as well as their thoughts and reactions to these stories.

Marriage is a Private Affair Discussion Questions

16. Marriage is a Private Affair Discussion Questions

The following discussion questions will assist you in teaching your 6th through 12th grade students about 'Marriage is a Private Affair', a thought-provoking short story written by Chinua Achebe.

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