Lesson Plan


This is a document that outlines 20 exercises originally designed for use in Secondary School, to teach and practice creative writing. Each lesson goes through the basic plot devices and story elements in a good short story, and is focused on getting the student's imagination going, while producing about 1-2 pages per assignment. The student also has the flexibility to not do the assigned assignment and write anything story-related they desire at any time. 20 lessons in all. Originally developed by my father, who is now retired, but taught in the Richmond School District (California, USA) for many years.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Vocabulary
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Other


short story writing imagination



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justin gorney

This lesson is very rich (including a collection of 20 different short story prompts for students). I like the diversity in the prompts and how they each demonstrate a different aspect to creative story writing, as well as how they enlighten students on aspects to look for when analyzing prose. This lesson plan should also keep students actively engaged and is highly constructive (with students generating their own original stories on a regular basis). This collection of prompts could adequately be used to guide a course, giving students short response papers to do in class to explore key concepts in an authentic way.

The lesson plan could be edited into another format so it is neater and easier to read. The text is unfortunately fraught with numerous spelling and grammatical errors which take away from its professionalism. Some of the descriptions of the story aspects could also be elucidated better. Perhaps providing additional examples (such as quotes which signify a concept) could be provided to further guide students.

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