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Short Stories: Improve Reading Comprehension With Awesome Stories (Flex)

In this 8 week flex class, students are introduced to 7 classic short stories while working on reading comprehension by analyzing plot, conflict, characterization, use of irony, perspective, use of foreshadowing, and themes of the stories.
Kelly Locker
23 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Sun Sep 11

Sep 11 - Nov 5 (8 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

The learning goals for this unit are for students to be able to analyze the plot, characterization, theme, irony, point of view, and foreshadowing used in a variety of short stories.  As students begin to analyze this fiction, they will improve their reading comprehension.
I have taught middle school reading for fourteen years. These short stories are some of my favorites to teach.  By learning these building blocks of literature, students will be more prepared to not only read and understand, but to also be able to analyze literature in the upper grades.
Students will also receive written assignments that ask them to analyze the focus elements in the story of the week. I will also assign a short reading response assignment that will be completed on FlipGrid.  No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
A notebook is suggested for students to take notes during the first lesson.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Some of the short stories in this class deal with death, murder, and implied death.  The death is not the focus of the lesson.


Kelly Locker
Lives in the United States
Literature Lover, middle school teacher, mom
23 total reviews
34 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Kelly Locker, and I have been a middle school teacher in Kentucky for 18 years and an online teacher for 5 years.  Literature is my passion.  As a National Board certified library media specialist with a Masters in Reading and... 
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