Short Story Assignment

short story

Below is a great short story assignment I have created for an English class. It can easily be used in other subjects as well.

Please select 2 short stories from the following site to read:

Short Stories



Directions: After each short story you read (so you will do this assignment 2 times) you will need to complete the following questions:

  1. What is the name of author?
  2. Google this author and tell me in 100-200 words about them (DO NOT COPY AND PASTE summarize what you read).
  3. Please summarize the short story (in your own words) (minimum of 150 words).
  4. Did you like the short story, why or why not? (Minimum of 150 words).
  5. Write an essay on the following prompt: Using your summary and research of the author as part of the essay, explain what might have influenced the author to write this short story. Why was happening during the time period, what was happening in the author’s own life, etc. to help explain.  (Minimum of 450 words).
  6. Site your sources at the end of the essay in MLA Format.




MLA Format Reminder:

In upper left hand of paper:

Your Name

Teacher’s Name


Date (28 June 2013) (Just like this do not include a comma)


Title (centered) (No underline or italics)

Introduction paragraph

Thesis statement at the end of your first paragraph

Body paragraphs that tie into your thesis

Conclusion that recaps main points an thesis statement

Works Cited in MLA format

Please click HERE to visit Purdue Owl for more information on MLA format and writing examples.

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Social Media Wiki


The following Wiki is geared toward the novel The Hunger Games. I have created it for social media impact and participation. View the pages on the right hand side of the site.

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Classroom Blogging Activity – Character Blog


The following activity can be used in the English classroom as a fun activity for students to learn about perspective while creating their own blogs.

Classroom Blogging Activity

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EDTECH597 – Examining Generational Differences

This blog post is a prompt from a professor’s blog which can be found HERE

We were asked to read and analyze the idea of digital native at the beginning of our course (Prensky, 2001; McKenzie, 2007; and Reeves, 2008). These readings gave insight into the idea of a student in the current educational system who is somehow a different learner because of technology is not founded on research.

Based on the information above, the following prompt assigned to us:

“As educational technologists, what did you take away from these generational differences readings? How would you handle a colleague who bought into the notion of digital natives?”

I see the term “digital native” as a misunderstanding of what students in this age really understand. Yes, students were born in a time where computers, cell phones, iPads, and other types of technology are readily viable. However, this does not mean that these students are savvy users of these technologies. In fact, I find the opposite to be true and the readings introduced early in the course discuss.

Students will always range on their knowledge base coming into a class. This is true for many subjects besides technology. The important thing to note as a teacher, is to make sure students understand the proper use of that technology. I find that my students know a lot about Justin Bieber for example from Twitter, but they had no idea that you could join a professional Twitter chat and learn about educational things. Students only know what they have seen friends do you what is popular at the time.

Facebook, can be used for more than vain “look at me” posts. Students can be taught to create cohesive, higher level thinking posts. The same is true for anything written via technology or on paper. There is still a level of teaching that is very important to implement among or “digital natives.”

If a colleague brought up the idea of digital natives I would express the above sentiments. Even though my students may know how to utilize a cell phone for games better than I do (because I am older), they may not know how to utilize that cell phone to become a great writer or speller.  Teachers still have a lot to offer their students in the digital age.

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Create a Mind Web for Difficult texts.

Below is an example of a mind web for Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. This is a great way to organize the play and to focus the ideas centered around the play. Your student’s might benefit from keeping an organizer like this throughout any difficult text that you might be reading in your English class.


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Why do you read?


Below is a quick poll that you can share with your students. This might be a great discussion starter or journal entry prompt.

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The Raven – Audio by James Earl Jones

Below is one of my favorites by Edgar Allan Poe read by James Earl Jones. Another way to enjoy this great with your students!


Or if you prefer to watch the Simpson’s version it is fabulous! 🙂 (Also read by James Earl Jones). See below:

Simpson’s Raven

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