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Post-reading activities for short stories?

May 14, 2013 12:32am

Hi there, I'm teaching a lesson on a short story that the students will have read for homework (high school ESL) and was wondering if anyone had any ideas for classroom activities. The students usually work on discussion questions in class, but I'd love to get them to explore the story in different ways. Would love to hear your thoughts!

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12


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    • May 18, 2013 10:57pm

      We use a reading response notebook after short stories to allow kids to show their learning. It has prompts, graphic organizers, and foldables. There is so much great stuff on Pinterest to give you ideas. Another approach I've used is a choice menu. It's set up like a Bingo board. You can modify this to meet the different levels of your kids by assigning point values and having different requirements based on ability, or having students do a set number of activities. This gives them some control over their learning and allows you to differentiate. Good luck!

      • May 20, 2013 3:01am

        Illustrate favorite scene and see if others can guess which scene it is...could even be homework to do at home. Illustration could be diarama, poster, clay creation...whatever they want (differentiation!!!) Students would also need to explain why they chose the scene and the evidence that is in the scene from the text (common core text evidence). Hope this helps!

        • May 15, 2013 9:30pm

          Post-reading activities are also called engagement activities in which the ideas and themes of the story is connected to their lives, illuminated into context, and annotated for evidence for their point of view on what the story means to them.

          I can send you activities that I use in class from 9th grade to AP.

          • May 14, 2013 9:24am

            Giving students a choice for how to respond is an awesome way to get them excited. For example, my students just finished reading Old Man and the Sea and I was focusing on allusions. I just posted a blog about the choices I gave them for an assignment. Would be great for LEP students, as they can choose an activity that fits with their language proficiency level. The assignment choices are about halfway down the page.



            • May 19, 2013 5:51pm

              Wow, thank you everyone for your great ideas! I'll definitely be trying some of them out next time I do a short story!

              • May 20, 2013 6:37am

                How about allowing students to use a Venn diagram to compare two of the stories they have read?
                If there is a movie version they could also compare both.
                For younger students they can put their favorite chapter in comic strip version.

                • May 26, 2013 9:20am

                  Have students select a scene fom the story and perform it in a freeze frame to the class.

                  • Mar 7, 2014 2:05am

                    I've also had students recreate Facebook pages or Instagram profiles for characters. They have to say who their friends are, what "groups" they belong to, what pages they "like". Their posts should be the characters' reacting to or reaction to the events from the story. Other characters can comment on their posts. For example, Romeo could be friends with Benvolio, "like" the Montague Family page and the Romantics Group page, and post about things like his marriage to Juliet, how he feels about being exiled, etc. The kids really like this. I've also had them recreate the story in a Twitter feed. They are only allowed to use 140 characters at a time.