Teaching Literary Devices Through Short Stories

As an added resource (for my sister and for anyone with an English Language Arts class), I’m going to take my Lesson Plans for High School English Teachers post and try to organize the short story ideas into something a little more resembling a curriculum. For a full list of resources for each short story listed below, see that post.

Ongoing Grammar & Vocabulary work: Holt Handbook for Grammar is an entire textbook of grammar lessons, exercises, and tests. // Holt Vocabulary Workbook with lessons on prefixes, roots, and making new words.

Teaching Literary Devices through Short Stories

a. Theme

All Summer in a Day, Ray Bradburylesson focusing on theme
The Open Boatguided reading lesson with an emphasis on Theme
The Necklace, Guy du Maupassant — a classic example of teaching theme
Thank You Ma’am, Langston Hughes — journal response: had she turned the boy in and gotten him arrested, how would that have changed the theme of the story?
Minireads on Theme — Pages 49 – 54 of this pdf have two single-page minireads and worksheets related to figuring out theme, or “the big idea.”

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Links & Lesson Plans for High School English Teachers

So, this is a bit of a deviation from my usual content of book tags and writing snippets, but I’ve been in a Googling haze the last couple weeks compiling sample lesson plans and ideas for my sister, who is going to be starting at a new school this fall as a 9th-12th grade English/Language Arts teacher. In this spate of voracious Googling, I’ve been sending her a lot of emails — big, long, semi-organized lists of worksheets, videos, articles, lesson plans, short story .pdfs… if it has discussion questions and close reading activities, you name it, I’ve sent it. But, I keep running into the same problem: I’ll spend an hour putting together a huge list of links, only to send another email five minutes later with five more ideas I’ve found! This leads to a big email-y mess. Finally, I came to the conclusion that this inbox deluge needed to stop. I need a place where I can put all the resources I’ve found in a single comprehensible list that I can easily update.

Hence, blog post.

So, if you’re a teacher, homeschooler, self-educator, or someone who likes nosing around literature reading guides and lesson plans, you might get something out of this post! Below you will find a (hopefully well-organized) list of ideas and internet resources useful to a 9th ~ 10th grade English teacher. Continue reading “Links & Lesson Plans for High School English Teachers”