Short Story Presentation
In her article "Using Short Story Collections to Enrich the English Classroom," Diane Mitchell writes: "When we teach something, we learn more than the students. We have to think deeply about the material, extract important ideas and concepts, and figure out how to involve students. We look for points of connection, figure how it's related to other things in class, and how we can have students respond through writing and talking.
Instead of remaining the chief learner in the classroom, why not let the student be part of this kind of critical thinking and learning? (73)
The students will work in a small group to create a lesson based on a short story of their choice. They will then present their lesson to the class.
Note: In order to encourage creativity, reasoning and problem solving, the specific procedures, methods, and presentation media you choose for your lesson are up to you. However, the presentations must include the following:
Note: Your classmates will be assigned to read your story the night before your lesson.
1. Objectives (what do you want your "students" to know or be able to do after your lesson) that are related to the literary elements we have been studying.
2. A pre test that includes comprehension questions about the story (to check to make sure they read it)
3. Some type of post-test (1 or more questions) to make sure they understand the objective
4. Information about the author and historical/cultural context of the story (if applicable)
5. Unfamiliar vocabulary from the story (optional)
6. Instruction, activity, and/or discussion based on the lesson objectives
7. Three HOT questions related to your story
Short Story Presentation Rubric