Short Story Performance Event
The purpose of this three day ShortStoryPerformanceEvent performance event is to connect the CCSS Reading Literature Standards (RL.9-10) and the Writing Standards (W.9-10.2, W.9-10. 9). This three day lesson is designed to be in steps. Day 1, students independently read and annotate their chosen text. Day two, students independently write about their text and begin planning for day three. Day three, students collaboratively present their findings.
Before I distribute the assignment, I tell students:
Over the next three days, you are going to perform the skills we have been studying in this unit. You get to choose which text you want to work with. I am going to give you ten minutes to review the following stories and decide which story you want to work with. You can read the summary before each story, review the story's pictures and read the accompanying questions. Choose carefully because you will not be able to switch. I encourage you to choose the story that you will enjoy the most, not the story that is the shortest. Once you decide, come to the board and write your name under that story. There are only 5 stories and 5 students per story.
After all students have signed up for a story on the board, I tell them:
Students, now that you have chosen your short story, I want you to spend time with it. You should plan on reading it three times today. First, read it and enjoy. Don’t worry about taking notes. Second, read it to annotate. Note particular parts of the text that you found interesting, shocking, disturbing, understandable, etc (W.9-10.9, RL.9-10.1). I will be looking at your annotations and I want to read your conversation with the text. Your annotations should reveal how well you know the text. Third, review the text a third time and this time begin forming a summary. Your summary should be in the Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then format (RL.9-10.2).
You will turn in your annotated short story and your summary before you leave today.
This Explanation of 3 day assessment video explains why I formatted the assessment in this way.
In this lesson, the Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then format is explained thoroughly.