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  • Use this short nonfictional shapebook to teach young students about Groundhog Day. Includes questions to check comprehension and thinking skills. Common Core: ELA: RL.K.1-3, RL.1.1-3

  • This shapebook discusses what you can see outside during spring. includes short response comprehension questions. Common Core: ELA: RL.K.1-3, RL.1.1-3

  • An easy word search of terms used in creative writing and short story.
  • A two page short story planner for elementary student. Helps organize story, promotes understanding of story structure (beginning, middle and end) and the elements of fiction.
  • Students read a classic short story of generosity and gluttony, then research and discuss health issues from the story and their own lives. A cornucopia of science, literature, and writing ideas, ideal for middle school or advanced upper elementary.
  • Updated: Christmas is getting close, and one of the girls in this reading comprehension hasn't gotten any of her gifts ready yet. This short reading comprehension is a good seasonal discussion starter. Includes multiple choice, short answer, and pre- and post-reading activities.

  • Multiple choice,short answer, and essay questions to review Guy de Maupassant's short story.
  • A one page short fiction planner featuring write in areas for the the five elements of fiction and three part short fiction structure.
  • Use this 'Readers' Theater: Mom's Christmas Stories (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Readers' Theater: Mom's Christmas Stories (upper elem/middle)'. A ten page abcteach original play, Mom's Christmas Stories, designed to read aloud. Multiple choice and short answer reading comprehension question sets are included, as well as, a writing prompt.
  • This storyboard allows students to retell a story with drawings and a short written or dictated description. Excellent practice for sequencing events in a story.

  • A short story about a difficult summer job. The focus of this lesson is embedded SAT-level vocabulary (all nouns). The story is followed by questions to check vocabulary-based comprehension, context practice, synonym matching, and a guide word exercise.
  • "The loss and destruction here was almost tangible." A short story about a polluted lake. The focus of this lesson is embedded SAT-level vocabulary (all adjectives). The story is followed by questions to check vocabulary-based comprehension, context practice, synonym matching, and a guide word exercise.
  • Nancy and Angela both want a snack; both girls decide to bake cookies. But there the stories diverge. Compare the two stories using charts; answer short questions; make predictions about the future. A good character education lesson. Common Core: ELA: Reading Literature: RL.5.3

  • This storyboard allows students to retell the major events in a story with drawings and a short written description. Excellent practice for determing importance in a story.

  • This short fiction story is about how Jimmy, a fifth grader, is cyberbullies and what happens. Comprehension questions ask students to think about the story and the topic. A good discussion starter!

  • Five very short stories help students to understand story setting from context clues.
  • Jason and Malcolm both wake up wanting a bike ride, but the boys have very different ways of doing what they want. Compare the two stories using charts; answer short questions; make predictions about the future. A good character education lesson. Common Core: ELA: Reading Literature: RL.5.3

  • Use this 'Fiction: Watch out for Coral Snakes (primary/elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Fiction: Watch out for Coral Snakes (primary/elem)'. Alexis's family is going to Hawaii and she is terrified of coral snakes. Multiple choice and short response questions; highlighted dolch words level 1; crossword created with abcteach tools.
  • Jacob takes on the best composting class in the school. Can this third grader beat the sixth graders? A two page short story with multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Columbus (primary/elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Columbus (primary/elem)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Columbus Day theme words from a word bank.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 1 (primary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 1 (primary)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Thanksgiving theme words from a word bank.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 2 (primary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 2 (primary)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Thanksgiving theme words from a word bank.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 3 (primary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Thanksgiving 3 (primary)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Thanksgiving theme words from a word bank.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Kwanzaa 1 (elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Kwanzaa 1 (elem)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Kwanzaa-themed words from a word bank.
  • Use this 'Color and Write Prompt: Kwanzaa 2 (primary/elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Color and Write Prompt: Kwanzaa 2 (primary/elem)'. A picture to color and space to write a very short story with Kwanzaa-themed words from a word bank.
  • A picture of a scarecrow to color and space to write a very short story with theme words from a word bank.
  • A hard crossword puzzle using vocabulary related to creative writing and the elements of fiction and story structure.
  • This fiction literature study is a four page template addressing the common core reading standards for first grade literature; Craft and Structure. This study should be used with a short story or poem. This template can be used in its entirety or as individual pages. Common Core: ELA: RL.1.4-6

  • This fiction literature study is a four page template addressing the common core reading standards for second grade literature; Craft and Structure. This study should be used with a short story, poem or song. This template can be used in its entirety or as individual pages. Common Core: ELA: RL.2.4-6

  • This fiction literature study is a three page template addressing the common core reading standards for third grade literature; Craft and Structure. This study should be used with a short story, poem or drama. This template can be used in its entirety or as individual pages. Common Core: ELA: RL.3.4-6

  • This fiction literature study is a three page template addressing the common core reading standards for fifth grade literature; Craft and Structure. This study should be used with a short story, poem or drama This template can be used in its entirety or as individual pages. Common Core: ELA: RL.5.4-6

  • "This is Bill. He is on the hill." Simplicity reigns in these 5 short selections, with comprehension questions on each page.
  • Read a realistic fiction Sasquatch story and answer the 5 multiple choice and 4 brief written response questions. Then read a non-fiction selection and answer the 4 short answer comprehension questions. Think and Write about the values reflected in these tales in a longer essay. Finally: Write your own Sasquatch tall tale and illustrate it.
  • Use this 'Book: Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery'. Word search, word unscramble, crossword puzzle, cloze exercise, story sequencing, and short answer comprehension questions to review David Adler's story of a lost jacket in a pizza shop.
  • Use this 'Book: Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game (elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game (elem)'. Word search, word unscramble, cloze exercise, spelling work, story sequencing, and short answer comprehension to review David Adler's story of a birthday party game.
  • A one-page realistic fiction story about 6 year old Bob's visit to the cockpit of an airliner. It is followed by 6 short answer questions and 3 questions requiring short written responses.
  • Use this 'Worksheets: Predicting Outcomes (elem/upper elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Worksheets: Predicting Outcomes (elem/upper elem)'. Read the short story, then use context clues to predict the outcome. Six stories; answers included.
  • A one page reading comp of the story of how Rome got its name with multiple choice, short essay and long essay questions.
  • Use this 'Comprehension: Listening; Absurdities (elem)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Comprehension: Listening; Absurdities (elem)'. Three short stories with errors in each sentence. Student listens to a reading of each story and identifies errors. A page of discussion points included.
  • A 1 page realistic fiction story about a girl dreaming of the Amazon Rainforest. It is followed by 6 multiple choice questions and 4 questions requiring short written responses.