Follows a simple formula of how to build up suspense in a story by gradually moving from safe to unsafe situations. Includes a simple story that slowly builds up the tension, leading to absolute terror. Great model for teaching the building up of fear in ghost stories.
This is a bundle of short story resources at a MAJOR discount. All materials provided offer multiple opportunities for students to critically evaluate character motivation, character traits, vocabulary, plot elements, theme, cite evidence and evaluate irony! Each lesson includes extension activities! Please download the preview to get a glimpse of what is included!
★ The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
★ Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
★ Common Core Aligned Native American Unit
★ Raymond's Run by Toni Cade Bambara
★ Thank You Ma'am by Langston Hughes
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Short Story Unit. What you need to teach The Necklace: Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, Cause and Effect, Observing Details, Making Inferences, Dialogue, Word Scramble and Fill-in, Essay Questions. Answer key included. -
A collection of resources on planning a short story. The resources include:
40 slide PowerPoint
1st / 3rd person debate
Features of narrative writing
Grade 9 exemplar
22 short stories, 42 slides. Each can be storyboarded and adapted to hot seat activities. All on one file; I've put 6 so you can preview. Exercises and activities are provided for each story. Some of the stories are items adapted from the news.
An instant writing lesson or homework task. Just photocopy and use. Contains all you need.
I have always found that children really struggle with plot development in their stories which holds them back.
Twist paragraphs are a great way to get them focused on plot and engaging their reader.
You will find an example of a short twist story to share with the children. This is followed by 3 prompts which lend themselves to twist endings to guide the children to success.
The lesson explanation is packed with ideas for possible twists linked to the children's activity so you don't even have to think.
HOPE YOU ENJOY. I TRY TO KEEP IT SIMPLE. FEEDBACK IS WELCOMED.
A worksheet that encourages students to plan their short stories. Suitable for KS3 and KS4 groups,
NB A newer version of this worksheet should be available here:
This detailed, advanced handout and worksheet is designed to help students in their study of the short story “Secrets” by Bernard MacLaverty. The short story also appears on the English Literature Syllabus for IGCSE Examinations in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
The handout includes:
Short biography of the author, including historical context (Bernard MacLaverty)
Original short story text with glossary of difficult or challenging terms, line numbers for easy annotation and analysis.
Comprehension Questions for the entire short story.
Close-reading questions to facilitate analysis of figurative language and style.
Writings tasks, essay questions etc. to prepare students for the IGCSE Literature exam.
An essay and critical response to MacLaverty’s collection of short stories Secrets and Other Stories. (Should help gain a deeper understanding of both “Secrets” and MacLaverty’s other short stories / oeuvre.
Enjoy, and please leave feedback!
A series of resources and tasks to help teachers with regards to AQA's 'Telling Tales' Anthology. Most resources can be adapted and altered to suit individual teachers, and are intended to make planning and creation of resources quicker for this text, not to eliminate it all together.
These Power Point lessons introduce students to characters and characterization, setting, plot, conflict, theme, and general features…
Each lesson contains a combination of activities, reflection and or short films to analyze.
This bundle covers a 6 week unit. It does not contain the final assessment which should be to plan, draft, edit and finally write a short story.
25 lessons around Gothic short stories. Includes analysis of extracts from Woman In Black and Frankenstein, as well as looking at Poe's short stories - "Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell Tale Heart" and Roald Dahl's later "Lamb to the Slaughter". Culminates in students producing their own Gothic Short Story.
This bundle includes ready-to-teach handouts and worksheets for all of the 10 short stories that need to be taught and included in the preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Specifically:
no. 2 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
no. 7 Stephen Crane, ‘The Open Boat’
no. 8 Edith Wharton, ‘The Moving Finger’
no. 18 Ray Bradbury, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’
no. 23 Alex La Guma, ‘The Lemon Orchard’
no. 32 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Secrets’
no. 33 John McGahern, ‘The Stoat’
no. 36 Patricia Grace, ‘Journey’
no. 37 Janet Frame, ‘The Bath’
no. 48 Tim Winton, ‘On Her Knees’
Each handout includes the following:
Short biography of the author
Historical context and / or introduction to key literary or cultural concepts / movements / phenomena (where relevant).
Full text of the short story, accompanied by a glossary of difficult or relevant vocabulary in the story to facilitate close-reading and understanding.
A range of comprehension, close-reading & analysis questions tailored towards studying the stories in preparation for the IGCSE English Literature exams.
Additional essay questions / creative writing tasks and food for thought questions designed to facilitate and/or imitate IGCSE Literature exam style questions.
Teacher’s Notes section, designed to help teachers gain a better understanding of each story, and includes a variation of the following (more or less detailed, depending on each story):
i.) Plot Summary
ii.) Analysis of Characters / Themes
iii.) Critical Commentary / Sample Essay Responses / additional relevant information to help teachers. Can also be used by students for revision purposes.
This has been a lot of work for me, but seeing as there is nothing like this on the market at present, and knowing how important it is to prepare my students for this tough exam, I have put these worksheets together for everyone.
You can buy each worksheet separately on my store, of course, but as a bundle, you’ll enjoy a 50% discount overall!
Feedback is always appreciated - thanks in advance!
This is a short version of the novel ‘James And The Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl. I have written this text in 5 paragraphs, as a model for my class to use when writing their own Journey Tales. Please see the preview on Page 1.
This text includes some speech, along with a range of punctuation and WOW words to model good writing.
Although written for Year 3, this can easily be adapted for any KS2 year group.
To print the whole story, please print Page 2, or copy and paste to edit font appropriate to your school.
After learning what it means to make inferences, students will be surprised at how much they can infer with very little information. This lesson is easy to adjust depending on time and background knowledge and is a great lesson to springboard into other activities.
Each of these stories has a specific goal: to teach one or more unique values to listening children. So, kids have fun while they learn important lessons they will never forget about what is truly important in life: honesty, sincerity, tolerance, generosity... …
I hope that all the time, effort and enthusiasm put to create these materials result in a little aid for those educating and training children. All stories are written by José Sacristán.
Questions for Year 8 and 9 to support their reading and understanding of the story "Scared" by Horowitz. Includes questions and ideas for discussion in class. Used as part of a Gothic short story unit.
Cask of Amontillado - Short Story Unit and Teaching Activities. Teaching resources to go with the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Includes a short bio of Edgar Allan Poe, Pre-Reading Questions, Overview of the story, Vocabulary to Watch for with graphics, 10 Question Multiple Choice Quiz with key, Essay Questions, Discussion Questions, Character Analysis T Chart, Irony Handout, and a list of web resources with links to a great YouTube video and Online slideshow. - HappyEdugator