1.)The teacher will lead a discussion on the importance of the short story as a literary genre.
2.)The teacher will present the five basic elements of a plot diagram using a slideshow presentation such as PowerPoint (see attached). Students will copy the notes as they are written on each slide of the PowerPoint presentation.
3.)The teacher will present the possible short stories for the assignment (attached). The teacher will write the title and author name of each short story on a small sheet of paper. The teacher will then put the 25 short story titles in a hat. Students will draw a sheet of paper from the hat. Each student will have a different short story for his/her project.
4.)The teacher will then hand out a sign-up sheet (attached). Students will print their names, write the title of their short stories, and then sign the form. After all students have signed the form, the teacher will keep the sheet for his/her records.
5.)Students read their assigned short stories.
6.)Students create their own plot diagram using an activity sheet (Rough Draft Activity Sheet attachment). Students should write legibly, using complete sentences.
7.)Using the rough draft of their plot diagrams, the students will create a PowerPoint presentation (see Creating the Student PowerPoint attachment).
8.)Upon completion of their slide shows, the students will design a brochure based on their short story (see Creating a Short Story Brochure and Student Brochure attachments). This part of the assignment requires students to find additional information about their author and his/her works.
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9.)Each student then presents his/her short story to the class using the PowerPoint presentation and the brochure. Although students may be given the opportunity to volunteer to present first, drawing names from a hat works well. The teacher will use the rubric (attached) to grade each presentation.