Reflection: Lesson Planning This is the End: Writing a Science Fiction Ending - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


It is so difficult to find short stories to show to 6th graders. They really need to see exemplars of various genres and themes, but there are very few out there (or maybe I just don't know where to go.) The short story, "Little Brother" made me think of Ray Bradbury, and so I gave them "All Summer in a Day," as an optional reading assignment, but then I didn't want them to think that all short stories were Science Fiction. When I gave them "The Bully," it was actually written as a memoir, so it confused them even more. I have a few collections of short stories, but most are too adult in theme (I'm thinking of Bobbie Ann Mason's "Shiloh" about her unhappy marriage). I'd really like to find a collection of realistic short stories for middle-school aged kids. Does such a thing exist?

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This is the End: Writing a Science Fiction Ending

Unit 2: Short Story
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: SWBAT: write an ending for a short story to demonstrate their knowledge of resolution.

Big Idea: By using the Science Fiction short story "Little Brother," students will write their own ending to the story, and then create their own story to demonstrate "resolution."

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