DIGITAL SHORT STORY UNIT: SCARY SURPRISING STORIES - DISTANCE LEARNING

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Use this creepy, freaky, and spooky digital short stories unit to engage your students in reading and writing. This is the perfect unit to use around Halloween, but it can be used at any point in the year!

This is a Google resource and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or online education.

 

INCLUDED IN YOUR PURCHASE: 

A SOUND OF THUNDER BY RAY BRADBURY

Send your students back in time to hunt dinosaurs with Ray Bradbury’s short story, "A Sound of Thunder". Included: 

• A 24 slide Google Slides presentation to guide you through the lesson. Includes discussion questions, author biographical information, link to an online comic book version of the story, answers to questions for whole class review, information on the Butterfly Effect and descriptive writing. 

• Question slides assignment for students (includes 3 basic comprehension questions and 5 analysis questions).

• Detailed answer key for questions 

• Descriptive writing pre-planning slide

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THE OPEN WINDOW BY SAKI

Enter Vera's mischievous world of ghost stories with the short story, "The Open Window", by Saki. Included:

• A 30 slide Google Slides presentation that guides you through the lesson. The Powerpoint includes an author biography, vocabulary, discussion questions and answers, analysis notes, and video clips!

• A pre-reading vocabulary in context digital assignment that gives students the background knowledge they need to understand the story.

• A show what you know digital assignment with 5 analysis questions (answers are provided in the Powerpoint and a printable answer key is also included)

• A creative letter writing digital assignment that students will love!

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LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER BY ROALD DAHL

This short story has always, without fail, been a hit in every English class I have taught. The students love this story and never see the end coming! Included:

• A 20 Slide Google Slides presentation which includes the following Information:

→ Information on Roald Dahl

→ Pre-reading discussion points

→ After reading discussion

→ 5 Analysis questions with answers (comprehension and higher order)

→ Notes on genre, characters, theme, dramatic irony 

• A fun creative digital assignment for students to write Mary Maloney's diary 

• Analysis question slides for students to complete 

• A link to a video of the story to watch after reading

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THE LANDLADY BY ROALD DAHL

Use Roald Dahl's creepy short story, "The Landlady" to get your middle/high school students in the Halloween spirit! Included:

• 26 Slide Google Slides presentation to guide you through the lesson. Includes author and short story background info, predictions, vocabulary, answers to questions, analysis notes on setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, and mood.

• A digital booklet assignment. Included in the digital booklet are 6 reading/analysis questions, a character analysis graphic organizer, and a creative response prompt to the text. 

• A link to a video interpretation of the short story (Youtube required)

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THE TELL TALE HEART BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Introduce Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short story, with everything you need to teach "The Tell Tale Heart". Included:

• A 23 slide Google Slides presentation that will guide you through the entire lesson!

• Links to two videos which relate to the story

• The full text of the story with space made on the slide for note-taking and predictions

• Teacher instructions for how to implement the lesson.

• Various digital assignments and activities including:

→ Tell Tale Heart Literary Terms digital assignment

→ Tell Tale Heart Vocabulary

→ Tell Tale Heart Comprehension Questions

→ Prequel Or Sequel Writing Exercise

→ The Tell Tale Police Report

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THE MONKEY'S PAW BY W.W. JACOBS

Be careful what you wish for! "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs is a mysterious and frightening tale that is sure to catch your students' attention. Included: 

• A 38 slide Google Slides presentation that guides you through the lesson. The Google Slides includes an author biography, vocabulary, discussion questions and answers, analysis notes, and video clips! 

• A pre-reading vocabulary in context digital assignment that gives students the background knowledge they need to understand the story. 

• A show what you know digital assignment with 5 analysis questions (answers are provided in the Google Slides presentation)

• A character analysis digital assignment using the "It Says, I Say, And So" method.

• A final creative digital assignment where students finish the cliffhanger by writing an alternate ending to the spooky story.

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THE LOTTERY BY SHIRLEY JACKSON

Have your students examine a horrifying tradition in Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery". Included:

• A 24 slide Google Slides presentation that includes the following:

→ An overview of North American traditions that are blindly followed

→ Discussion Questions for pre-reading

→ Biographical information about Shirley Jackson

→ Post reading discussion points

→ 5 Questions for students to answer (question sheet and answers provided)

→ Notes on themes and symbolism in the short story

→ A video of The Lottery (link provided)

• A creative digital project with information slides and digital graphic organizers for students to complete

• Google Slides templates students can use to complete the assignment

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