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Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres

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Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English


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Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.


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  • Bring in as many copies of short story collections as you can find from the library, the book room, and your own shelves. Alternatively, you could arrange a trip to the library where students locate and choose their own collections.

  • Decide on the number of sessions necessary for your students to complete the project. This lesson's outline allows two class sessions to work on fair projects and two sessions for the fair itself. Adjust the plans as necessary to allow students to complete their reading and analysis of the stories, work on their fair projects, and view all the displays at the Short Story Fair. Since one of the goals is to expose students to all of the short stories that have been read, be sure to allow enough time for the fair itself.

  • Review the basic list of activities and the alternate arrangement, and choose the best version for your class. Depending upon time, resources, and students' abilities you might ask students to complete only one of the listed activities, several of the activities, or all of them.

    The basic version of the list includes all the activities for students to choose among. The list is unorganized, mixing writing activities with those activities using other media.

    The alternate version of the list divides the projects into two columns: those that involve writing and those that involve another media. Use this divided version if you want to structure students' response by asking them to complete at least one writing activity and one activity involving another media. Simply ask student to choose at least one item from each column.
  • Make copies of Short Story Fair Projects (or the alternate version) and Rubric.

  • Make an overhead or chart of the Response Questions that students will use during the fair. Alternately, you can make copies of the questions for students to use as they move from display to display. Each student responds to every other student's display in this activity, so it may be simpler to have students copy the questions and work in their notebooks.

  • Gather resources for students to use as they complete their fair presentations. Look over the list of projects to help determine the best resources for your class. Your list might include art supplies, different kinds of paper (e.g., glossy, bright colors, stationery), audio tapes and tape players, string, old magazines and newspapers, and colorful pens and markers.

  • Test the Literary Elements Map, Letter Generator, The Elements of Fiction Interactive, and ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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