The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 8

Notes and Lesson Plans

Short Story
updated August 11, 2021

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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.

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

Light: The First Seven Days
by Sarah Waldman

The Dreamer
by Cynthia Rylant, illus by Barry Moser

Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula (grades 4 - 12)
by Gretchen Bernabei

Fairy Tales
by e.e. cummings

Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost


by Rudyard Kipling
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

More Practice

Poetry Bell Ringers - five short lessons on author's craft - FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers

Inference Reading Passage - The Feather Pillow by Horacio Quiroga - FREE on Teachers Pay Teachers

The King and the Sea: 21 Extremely Short Stories

by Heinz Janisch
this book is really profound!

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