The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 8

Notes and Lesson Plans

Short Story
updated April 14, 2023

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Literary Criticism / Short Stories lesson plans
for Class 8 (pdf)

Mission Statement

Waldorf "Short Story" MLB resources & links:

from Live Education!
Plot Development from The Art of the Short Story with Charcoal Drawing

from Waldorf Teacher Resources
Overview of this Main Lesson
Gallery of Student Work

My List of Nine Short Stories:

  • "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
  • "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
  • "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl
  • "Robot Dreams" by Isaac Asimov
  • "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst
  • "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
  • "Marionettes, Inc." by Ray Bradbury
  • "The Interlopers by Saki (H.H. Munro)

Supplemental Booklist:
The links to lessons I have recommended are either FREE or available at a low cost. I spent $15.25 for the entire main lesson block. The following books, mentioned in my unit notes above, were ones already in my library that we used to support the lessons.

Resources for Short Essay Questions

More Practice

Notes on Our Stories for March 2023

    #1 - "The Landlady" (PDF)
    by Roald Dahl

    discuss author's craft, ask the student to read the story again on the next day and highlight clues sprinkled throughout the story that something is not quite right

    use "The Landlady" Comprehension & Analysis Questions (PDF) to guide follow-up discussion

    #2 - "The Feather Pillow"
    by Horacio Quiroga
    story & lesson activities - FREE on TpT

    draw an artistic representation of the monster

    #3 - "The Necklace"
    by Guy de Maupassant
    lesson plan from Laura Randazzo - $3.50 on TpT

    #4 - "Sticks"
    by George Saunders

    lesson plan from Laura Randazzo - $1.99 on TpT

    #5 - "The Interlopers"
    by Saki (H.H. Munro)
    lesson plan from Laura Randazzo - $3.00 on TpT

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