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Interlopers, Saki short story, 45-min. lesson, lit. analysis & writing task

Use the classic short story, “The Interlopers,” by Saki (H.H. Munro) to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes the full story with attractive illustrations, a 6-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and an optional writing activity that shows students step-by-step how to build a newspaper article.

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Short Story Unit Plan, FOUR WEEKS of Dynamic Lessons on Classic Short Stories

Beloved classic short stories are ramped up in this MASSIVE bundle of dynamic lessons. Click here for a full month of active learning.

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Thank You Ma’am, Langston Hughes short story, literary analysis & writing task

Use the classic short story, “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, to teach your students the elements of literary analysis. This one-day lesson plan includes the full story with attractive illustrations, a 6-question deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and an optional writing activity that shows students step-by-step how to build a powerful introductory paragraph to any literary analysis essay.

How to use Pixar Short Films to quickly master Plot. 10 highly engaging short films to study plot and the story elements. “Burn-E” “Day & Night” “Dug’s Special Mission” “For the Birds” “Geri’s Game” “Knick Knack” “Lifted” “Partly Cloudy” “Presto” “Tin Toy” Enjoy the Pixar Short Films Study!

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Thank You Ma’am, Langston Hughes short story, literary analysis & writing task

Teach your students the elements of literary analysis with this lesson plan based on Langston Hughes' short story, "Thank You, Ma'am." Includes detailed instructions, deep-thinking exercise (with detailed answer key, of course), and a writing activity that shows students step-by-step how to build a powerful introductory paragraph to any literary analysis essay.

Close Reading for Middle School Students - Featuring excerpts from short stories from classic literature. A step by step guide to the close reading and text annotation process!

Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court. Nine of YA literature’s top writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Joseph Bruchac, and Sharon Flake reveal how it all goes down in a searing collection of short stories, in which each one picks up where the previous one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game of street basketball. PB 9780763660680 / HC 9780763645625 Grade 9-12

ZZ Packer's brilliant collection, with settings from Alabama to Japan. My favorite: Every Tongue Shall Confess, about an awkward black church woman.

A love story about a door-to-door salesman, his wife, and his teenage lover. The first Toni Morrison novel I read; it had me at "hello".