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Don't Ask Jack by Neil Gaiman - plan and write a monologue
Get students to tell Jack's 'story' by way of a dramatic monologue. This handy prompt sheet includes a list of tactical questions to help students frame their work.
Don't Ask Jack by Neil Gaiman - creepy characters
Students attempt to get to grips with Jack's character by using this handy sheet of prompt questions and thinking about Gaiman's authorial intentions.
Don't Ask Jack by Neil Gaiman - title discussions
A pre-reading discussion task which gets students to engage with the title and start to predict what the story might be about.
Don't Ask Jack by Neil Gaiman - mood and atmosphere
A simple worksheet (with a more scaffolded version attached) in which students are encouraged to think about the mood and atmosphere of the story using specific success criteria.
Tension in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
A PowerPoint which focuses on how tension is created in the story, and gives students the chance to write their own horror short story.
Attention grabbing story starters
Students order a number of story starters depending on how 'attention grabbing' they are then write their own opening. A Sequencing interactive activity is also available.
KS3 | Prose | From the resource collection(s): Short stories and featured in our Creative writing teaching pack.
'The Necklace': Revision pack
Revision ideas that can be used flexibly to support students.
The Yellow Wallpaper - discussion/essay questions
A series of thoughtful and useful discussion/essay questions based on the classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Exploring relationships in 'Red Sky in the Morning'
Individual and group activities based on pp.220-228 of the short story from ‘Outsiders: a collection of fiction and non-fiction' Cambridge University Press: ISBN 978-0-521-70325-3
Students put statements about Guy De Maupassant's short story 'The Necklace' in order and then use them to plot the changes in Mme Loisels' happiness.
Comparing 'The Necklace' with 'Cinderella'
Analysis, discussion and creative writing tasks. Start by comparing the two stories and then consider aspects of the social, cultural and historical context of 'The Necklace'.
How is 'The Necklace' structured?
Focusing on the Guy de Maupassant short story, students sequence the plot and identify the phases from exposition to resolution. Answers included.
Hunt the T-Rex
Create an advice sheet for intrepid T-Rex safari hunters. Based on 'A Sound of Thunder' by Ray Bradbury.
Fly high with Superman and Paula
Questions to encourage thinking about key aspects of 'Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit' by Sylvia Plath.
'My Father is a Polar Bear' by Michael Morpurgo
Introduction to the story, focusing on language: how the title and opening creates a mystery. This PowerPoint has a paper worksheet to accompany it.
The Loaded Dog: structure and language
Detailed plans and resources concentrating on how action and humour can be developed through this Henry Lawson short story.
Post-reading questions on 'Chemistry'
A series of thought-provoking questions on relationships, setting and character.
'A Vendetta' by Guy de Maupassant
A question grid and essay guide to writing about 'A Vendetta' for GCSE pre-1914 prose coursework.
Hemingway's iceberg and other activities
A series of tasks aimed at providing a starting point for teaching Hemingway's story, 'The End of Something'.
Stepping into 'Your Shoes'
Two post-reading activities on 'Your Shoes' by Michele Roberts, focusing on character, theme and structure.
'Chemistry' questions and key ideas
A useful resource to focus on the key points of this short story by Graham Swift.
'The End of Something' flowchart
Create a flowchart showing how the relationship between Nick and Marjorie comes to an end.
Explores the extended metaphor of birds in relation to the characters, themes and action of 'Flight' by Doris Lessing.
A series of tasks to explore the short story, 'Your Shoes' by Michele Roberts.
A series of tasks on the short story 'Flight' by Doris Lessing - including a notes table.
Comprehension questions: The Cask of Amontillado
Suggested questions and responses to this short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
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Sentence starters based on 'Philomel Cottage'
Complete the sentences about this Agatha Christie short story.
Police report based on 'Philomel Cottage'
Handy writing frame focussing on this Agatha Christie short story.
'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells cloze - teacher's copy
'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells cloze - differentiated
A fill in the gaps activity.
'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells cloze
A fill in the gaps activity.