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Short Stories for Studying Plot and Conflict Tags: short stories for kids free short stories literary elements literary devices plot elements conflict

Sentient candies who revolt against their Maker. "Whole Human" packages sent straight to your doorstep. The real reason the Titanic sank -- (did somebody say zombies)? What do all of these have in common? Why, the makings of a great story, of course. 

If you're studying literary elements and techniques with your kids, reading short stories can provide a clear view of the whole "narrative arc" in a more accessible, less lengthy format.

Supplement your study with the following classic short stories. Click on the Google doc below to read the stories, fill out plot diagrams, and answer comprehension and analysis questions for each. The document also contains links to tutorials on plot, conflict, flashbacks, and foreshadowing. 

Writing stories can also get kids thinking about what makes a good plot, an interesting conflict, and a satisfying resolution.

Writing prompts can be a good way to get the creative juices flowing. We've used some of the ones listed here. For more ideas, head over to StoryToolz. The site has ideas for conflicts, (such as rivalry, temptation, revenge, ambition, etc.), and a random title generator that suggests all kinds of tantalizing possibilities. For example: 

  • On the Far Side of the Intersection
  • Shadows of Symmetries
  • Distant Gateway
  • All Things Invisible

Nevermind if you or your kids don't know what any of the titles mean; they can work that out as they're coming up with intriguing storylines, tension-building conflicts, and awesome endings.

Here is another short story unit for studying additional literary elements. The unit includes comprehension questions and links to text and audio versions of the stories: 

Happy Thanksgiving
Category: Misc.
Tags: thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Fun Mini Packet21-page pdf

Thanksgiving Math Activities for Kindergarten: 55-page pdf

Thanksgiving Anagrams6 pages

Science of Thanksgiving Meal Word Search

Thanksgiving Analogies

Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

Thanksgiving Algebra Worksheet

Thanksgiving Games and Interactives

Pilgrims and Mayflower

Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

 

Free Books:

 

FIrst Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

 7 Fun Facts For Thanksgiving

Veterans Day
Category: Social Studies
Tags: veterans day

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Free Veterans Day Print Pack: 10 worksheets including reading comprehension, spelling, timeline activity, math word problems, and more.

Difference Between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day

Readworks Articles

Veterans Day Lesson Plans: Featuring veterans summarizing their miliary experiences.

Veterans Day Compare and Contrast: High school activity comparing working for Uncle Sam vs. working for the private sector.

TeacherVision: Videos, lesson plans and activities.

Veterans Day Teachers' Guide

Grade 4 Veterans Day ReaderAccompanying reading lesson, vocabulary and worksheets. 

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