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Teacher: Haley Reynolds

Lesson Title/Focus Module 2- Introduction to Short Stories


General 1. (ELA#2) Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent
Learning to comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and
Outcomes: other media texts.
2. (ELA#4) Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent
to enhance the clarity and artistry of communication.
3. (ELA#5) Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent
to respect, support and collaborate with others.

Specific 1. 2.2 experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety
Learning of cultural traditions and genres, such as journals, nature
Outcomes: programs, short stories, poetry, letters, CDROM programs,
mysteries, historical fiction, drawings and prints
2. 2.2justify own point of view about oral, print and other media
texts, using evidence from texts
3. 2.2reflect on, revise and elaborate on initial impressions of
oral, print and other media texts, through subsequent reading,
listening and viewing activities
4. 4.1 Use paragraphs, appropriately, to organize narrative and
expository texts.
5. 5.2contribute collaboratively in group situations, by asking
questions and building on the ideas of others

1. By the end of the module, students will be able to apply what they have learned
through reading and listening to the short stories that they have listened to and write a
reflection on which stories they liked and why.
2. During the module, student’s will participate in discussions regarding the questions on
the module and their experiences with the various texts.
 Alberta Program of Studies – ELA Grade 7
 Various types of short stories (on websites, more contemporary stories)
 Videos of short stories
 Have all of the information set up for the students
 Be available for students if they may need assistance (through e mail)
Observations:  Observe the student’s opinions on why they favour one
story over another.
 Observe the student’s dialogue with each other during
their discussions
Essential Question:  What makes a short story successful?
Products/Performances:  Students will work towards an understanding of what
short stories they enjoy, and why that is.

Introduction  Give a brief overview on what we will be
doing today

Objectives  Give the students their objectives for the day
- Go over all of the information
- Pick a short story that you liked, analyze it,
and explain why you liked it
- Discuss with your peers on your experience,
and about the questions given.
Readings/ Information  Information for students to learn from about the topic
- Short Stories (written and visual)
- Have a website that shows both written and
 Students will be provided with a video version of a
short story
Have explanation about
Assignment  Provide an explanation about the assignment and
what is expected
Assessment  Summative Assessments
- Students will be assessed on their reflection.
They will be assessed on how in depth they go
into why they liked the short story, and what
they took from it.
- Students will be assessed on their
participation in group discussions
 Formative
- Students will be assessed on their depth of
discussion. What discussions they create and
how they contribute to the discussions.

Adaptation  Students who may have trouble reading will be able

to learn through videos and websites that include
audio versions of the story.
 Students who may have difficulty typing are able to
submit a video instead of a written reflection.
 Students can also submit an audio recording through
google docs
 Use Google Add Ons for students with LD’s
-Speech Recognition
- Texthelp study skills
- Verity Spell
- Read and Write

 How does this
individual lesson
scaffold learning This individual lesson scaffolds learning for students as it
opportunities for provides them with an opportunity to be introduced to short
students? stories. The students are able to read the short stories and then
later provide their opinion on which one they liked the most and
why. This will help the students be able to look at a short story
and see what they feel makes it successful. Later on, they will
work to identify the key features or elements of a short story that
are meant to be included, this way they can appreciate these
concepts and apply them to their own writing on the last

 What assumptions
does this lesson make This lesson assumes that students should have a basic knowledge
about what students behind
 Basic knowledge of computers and how to use them
already know?
 Basic knowledge of short stories

 In what ways is this

lesson connected to This lesson is connected to the next lesson as we will be learning
the next lesson? about all the elements that contribute to a short story.