Common core lesson makes the short story even shorter

02/18/2013 | Teacher Leaders Network

Eighth-grade teacher Ariel Sacks shares a lesson plan that helps students examine how much authors can say using few words, a lesson aligned with the Common Core State Standards requirement that students closely examine their reading material. Sacks, who writes in this blog post that she borrowed parts of the lesson from other educators, explains how students bring in a photograph of personal significance. She then tells them to free write, followed by having them write 25-word stories. Students then write and share six-word stories before posting the writing online and examining their punctuation and word choices.

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