Download FREE Story Sheets for Middle and High School students, based on on Common Core English Language Arts Standards. These one page (front and back) sheets provide story starters for fiction, and a 10 – 40 minute, independent in-class activity. Good for a sub day.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Transformers (Grade 6-8) This one page (front and back) sheet provides a 10-30 minute individual activity for middle schoolers based on the graphic novel, American Born Chinese. The worksheet provides story starters for a piece of fiction based on character transformation. It’s free.


Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton Trujillo

Name That Narrative (Grade 9-10) This one page (front and back) sheet will help your students ascertain the broad narrative arc of Fat Angie. Then, by using some brainstorming about names they may have been called, it will  help your students create a broad narrative arc for a fictional character of their own. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3.a-d It’s free.


Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey Times Three (Grades 9-12) This one page (front and back) 60 minute activity analyzes three ways in which Salinger developed character in one passege: dialogue, action beats and internal thought. The challenge at the end, is to use either the pure dialogue from the scene, or the action beats in an entirely new scene, with your own characters. And, as always, it’s free. CCSS.ELA-Literacy W. 9-10.3.d and 11-12.3b,d


Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Dramatic Poetry (Grade 11-12) This one page (back and front) 60 minute activity facilitates analysis of one poem – “The Name is Brendan” by Kristin Elizabeth Clark from her novel in poetry, Freakboy. This poem is available on the Macmillan website. Using the format of the poem, students can create their own dramatic poem, complete with a story, dialogue, characters and descriptors. CCSS.ELA-LIteracy. W 11-12.3b and, of course, it’s free.


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