The Elements of Short Stories Unit will be spread over two weeks*. Details about how the lessons will be arranged are found below. Each button will download the lesson plan for the day, and more information about each lesson can be found on the Lesson Plans page.
Lesson: Introducing Short Stories Reading: "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Each of these lessons lead into each other to allow for students to build upon their own short stories they will be developing throughout the unit. The more crucial elements come first and then the others come to add detail to their stories. First, students must know what they want their stories to be about (the plot), and then, they decide upon the major problem in the story (conflict). Next, where and when their story takes place (setting) and who it is about (characters). Finally, they must decide how to best tell their story (point of view).
* This schedule is set to be completed in two weeks if the classes are block scheduled. It would take approximately three weeks to cover the material in a traditional 50 minutes class.