Daily Archives: March 9, 2021

The Elevator Short Story Mini-Unit


“The Elevator” Short Story Mini-Unit is a one-stop-shop for teaching the short story. Other than photocopies, all of the work has been done for you.

This mini-unit is suitable for grades 7 through 10 and includes:

❒a copy of the short story

❒questions for comprehension

❒a plot chart organizer

❒activity to help students discover the author’s purpose for writing

❒an instructional sheet on how to develop themes (with a practical example)

❒an instructional sheet on how to develop a theme in paragraph form

❒a graphic organizer to help students organize their paragraphs

❒an example of a completed graphic organizer to plan the paragraph

❒an example of a paragraph for “The Elevator.”

❒a comprehensive answer key for all handouts

❒a three-day lesson plan to accompany the story

You may also be interested in the following products:

ELA Literature Study Unit

Charles by Shirley Jackson

Rain, Rain, Go away Short Story

Seventh Grade Short Story

Short Story Bundle

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “April Fools Day JOKE Word Search”

by Almost Friday
1st – 3rd Grade

April Fools is a great, light-hearted day, so it’s a lot of fun in elementary school. Your students will be so surprised that this cute little spring word search is a complete joke! I always try to keep a straight face (but it’s so hard!) as I pass out their word search. I make sure I haven’t mentioned anything about April Fools Day before I give this to them, so of course I give it to them first thing in the morning! It’s such a fun way to start our April Fools Day full of giggles and smiles. Gotcha!

This joke word search is set up to resemble an actual spring-themed worksheet, but the words in the word bank are nowhere to be found!

  • One exception: April.
  • Your clever students will find that the term “April” actually extends to form the term April Fools Day!

Enjoy this April Fools Day freebie, and have a fantastic day with your students!

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