Lesson Plan

Short Story Writing

Students will learn the importance of specificity, descriptions, and explanations in academia, speech, and other areas of life.

Students will be able to acknowledge the importance of storytelling, the rough draft, and creativity in storytelling.

Students will write a short story based upon a randomly-generated prompt in at least 4 sentences with grammar and spelling accuracy of at least 75%.

Students will be given a rough draft assignment which is to be completed in two days.


English Language Arts
using supporting evidence
writing clearly
Grades 9 - 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

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The teacher will prepare a short video using their own short stories (following the student objectives) to help the students visualize storytelling elements.

After the video is complete, the teacher will express the importance and prevalence of storytelling in our culture (video games, movies, TV shows, books, commercials, music, etc.).

2 Direct Instruction - Assess Prior Knowledge

Activity: Assessing

Before this class period, the students will be presented with a writing pre-test to assess prior writing knowledge.  Some vocabulary and a basic understanding of the writing process will be required to be introduced the assignment.

Once the teacher has looked over these non-graded pre-tests, any gaps and misunderstandings will be resolved in an open discussion-based setting.

Student Instructions

Students will be required to make comments about frustrations with writing and ask questions about any misunderstandings so the teacher can help resolve issues.

3 Guided Practice - Random Subject Prompts

The teacher will generate a random subject using the Random Subject Prompts site and, using this subject, generate two sentences with the class.  The sentence will be recorded on the board so students can keep track of the activity.

Student Instructions

Students will assist in the writing process by coming up with ideas based upon the writing prompt.

4 Independent Practice - Random Subject Prompt

Using the same resource, the teacher will once again generate a random subject.

Student Instructions

Individually, students will take 5-7 minutes to generate at least 4 sentences based upon the new random subject.  The final results will be turned in to the teacher once complete.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

The teacher will once again express the importance of storytelling, not only in our society, but in our expression of ourselves and our experiences.  The teacher will ask the students if the activity helped them write more efficiently and if they would feel more comfortable writing a longer short story.

The short story homework assignment will be given to students, along with criteria.

Student Instructions

Students will write a short story as homework.  The rough draft will be due in two days.  The rough draft has the following criteria:

Students will be able to write a creative short story in 2-3 pages using the following criteria:

  • Must be creative (using their own original, thought-provoking ideas).
  • Must have an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
  • Must have at least 2 characters with introductions of at least 2 sentences each.
  • Grammar and spelling must be at least 70% correct.