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I use this unit to introduce literary elements to my students, and they start exploring literary analysis. I believe it is a perfect way to begin the school year. Toward the end of my short story unit, I assign my students a collaborative short story review poster project that takes two days.
I use the poster project as a final review activity before our short story unit test and essay. Students work together in groups of As a requirement, I ask that everyone in the group contribute to the final project, and everyone must also speak and present.
I provide my student groups with butcher paper for the poster, and I also supply them with colorful paper and markers. I have my students complete all of the work for this collaborative project in class. Each group creates a poster for a different short story we read together in class, and it is okay if there are duplicate groups.
If I have duplicate groups, I usually have them spaced out across the room from one another. Each poster has the same requirements. Students must include the title and author of the short story. From there, students must also add the definition of each listed literary element as well as an example in their own words from the story.
To support their examples, I have students find three quotes that demonstrate three different literary elements, and they also write a sentence summary of the story. This project can easily take up more than two class periods mine are 55 minutes eachso I emphasize to my students that this is meant to be a quick review.
I also stress that I am looking for quality content on the poster rather than poster aesthetics. Typically, I spend about minutes explaining the poster project and reviewing the guidelines with my students and this also includes a quick discussion about my group work expectations since this activity usually takes place about one month after the start of the new school year.
After that, they have the rest of the class period to work. On the second day of this project, I briefly review my expectations again and then give the students about 30 minutes to complete their posters.
For the presentation, each group takes turns presenting their posters to the entire class. Once my students are finished presenting, I hang these posters on the walls as we work on our short story essay, which is usually a motif essay.
Displaying these posters on the walls helps my struggling students brainstorm quotes and ideas for their essays. One of the reasons why I love this project so much is that it is entirely student-centered. During these two days, my students are usually sprawled out in groups on the floor as they discuss the story and write about it.
More Short Story Teaching Resources:The short story is a brief, intense form—the author of a short story doesn't waste any words. Source: Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Halling, Wikimedia Commons Edgar Allan Poe (–), usually acknowledged as one of the first writers of the short story genre, illustrates the “single effect” in a short story.
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Teaching Short Story Elements With Music. January 4, by Michelle Waters 1 Comment. Need to teach or review short story elements, but you’re running out of time?
These songs feature the characters, plot, conflict and themes inherit in short stories, and can be studied in one class session. Michelle Waters. Aug 21, · Goals: I will define and use the five story elements so I can identify them in a short story.
I will define and create the eight parts of speech so I can use them in my writing in new ways. The essay "Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood" by Michele Morano is a work that parallels the Spanish language and life. In the story, Michele reveals a little about herself as a character in the essay.4/5(1).
Published: Mon, 5 Dec “The School” is a little gem of a short-short story by Donald Barthelme. Every word is dedicated toward moving the story forward and holding the reader spellbound.