“Sharing Our Stories with Power: The Elements of Short Story”

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Week 1
Unit Introduction
“The Elements”
Final Assessment
Reading Reason:
“Reading is Rewarding”
“The Naming of Names”
Focus:
theme, setting

“All Summer in a Day”
Focus:

moral message
3 Lesson Stories from Native American Stories
Focus:
central idea
“Bargain”
Focus:
plot
Week 2
Korean story
Focus:

character development,
plot

“The Smallest Dragonboy”
Foci:
character development, setting
“October 2026: The Million Year Picnic”
Focus:

setting
“The Samaritan”
Focus:

point of view
“The Frog Who Wanted to be a Singer”
10th reading reason
focus: dialogue and moral message

Week 3
Drafting
Workshop stories
Edit and Proofread
Author’s Introduction
Designing a Cover
Booktalking
End of Unit – Hand in Final Drafts


Students will write a short story that demonstrates their understanding of this genre. They will show that they can apply the following short story techniques in their own story:
- Theme/Central idea/moral message
- Creating character
- Descriptive setting
- Develop a complex plot
- Point of view
- Dialogue
Length: 2-3 pages