Short Story Elements

The 7 you need to know!

The Big question we will be answering is: How do literary elements support the reader in understanding and interpreting the story?

The Standards

LA 10.1.6 Comprehension: Students will construct meaning by applying prior knowledge, using text information, and monitoring comprehension while reading increasingly complex grade-level literary and informational text.

LA 10.1.6.b Analyze and evaluate the relationships between elements of a literary text (e.g, characterization, setting, plot development, internal and external conflict, inferred and recurring themes, point of view, tone, and mood).

Main Objective

I want students to be able to...identify and analyze the literary elements within a story and comprehend their importance, purpose, and function in the piece.

Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Unit

The 7 literary elements that are necessary to support your understanding of the story are: Theme, Plot, Tone/Mood, Conflict, Setting, Point of View, and Characterization.

We will be using a variety of strategies to learn including: Think-Pair-Share,Expert Jigsaw, Text Tagging, RAFT, Graphic Organizers, Corners, Free Writes, 6 Word Story

Each day we will focus in on one specific element and explore it together to gain a deeper understanding!

Sample Lesson

For the 8th day of the unit the focus of the days lesson was characterization.

Objective: Students will be able to identify traits about characters within the text (The Fall of the House of Usher) and provide textual evidence to support their claims.

-First I had students define characterization in their own words.

-Next pairs of students were assigned a character from the story and filled out a characterization graphic organizer.

-Then independently students worked to create a Facebook page for their specific character, referring back to their graphic organizer for details to incorporate.

Summative Assessment for the Unit will be completing a presentation about the 7 elements to share in front of the class