When teaching about short stories, it is imperative that you have lesson plans on writing short stories. Lesson plans provide the necessary structure needed by both the teacher and the students in order to better illustrate all of the components of a lesson. Organizing the lesson is the basic premise behind drafting a lesson plan. Think of it as preparing an outline for a major project. While you should strive to stick to the lesson plan, it is ok to be spontaneous. There are many components of lesson plans that mandate explanation in order to better take advantage of the functionality of the short story lesson plan.
Before you prepare your lesson plan you should consider:
These are all questions that you should be asking yourself from an instructional point of view.
Let’s say that you want your students to take the stylistic attributes with them as they continue on in their academic careers. You could put together a four to six lesson plan on short stories that will both convey what you want to convey to the students.
Within this lesson plan it is important that you take time out to focus on using descriptions as being a major part of your lesson. The short story is full of incredible descriptions so students really need to learn how to better work on descriptions. Below you will find a lesson plan for you to refer as an example.
Every lesson plan has a title, teacher’s information, contents of the short story, a purpose and objectives. Each section outlines the meaning and the assigned work of each section. See below for details.
Title: Short Stories
By: Professor Me
Subject: Language arts
Grade Level: 11-12
Purpose: To show the students that the short story medium of writing is both viable and practical in the marketplace. To teach students how to recognize elements of a short story. Additionally, the purpose of this lesson plan is to pique the interest of the students.
Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to recognize the elements of a short story. Better develop their functional writing skills and display experience writing creatively in the medium of the short story.
Activities and Procedures:
The above is a general example of how your lesson plan and short stories should look. You need to have a purpose, objectives (which are your goals) and the activities that you intend to have the class perform. As you list the activities be as specific as possible. Also list what you as the teacher would be doing – what role will you play in assisting the students to grasp this subject. Once you do this you might see an influx of ideas come to you.
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