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Help Me Find A Short Story I Can Use To Teach Bloom’s Taxonomy


Yesterday, I posted how I am planning to use the creative YouTube video that explains Bloom’s Taxonomy by using clips from Pirates of the Caribbean.

One of the ways is going to have book discussion groups identify examples of how characters in the books they are reading are using the different Bloom’s levels. I’d show them the video clip as an example.

In addition, I’d like to first work with the entire class on doing the same thing with a short story. I’ve certainly learned that modeling is a critical element of any successful lesson.

However, off the top of my head I’m having a hard time coming up with short story examples — either ones that are accessible to English Language Learners or ones for mainstream adolescents — that might work for this kind of analysis. I think it’s relatively easy to identify characters in many popular movies and books that demonstrate the Bloom’s levels, and I’m assuming there are plenty of stories out there that do the same, but I’m drawing a blank. I just haven’t taught that much short fiction.

Can you help me out with some suggestions?

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


    What do Fish have to do with Anything? by Avi is a collection of short stories that may be of help. Off the top of my head the story about the preacher’s boy has several young characters that show use of the different levels. I haven’t read it for several years so I could be way off base. Good luck and continue with your good work.

  2. I’m thinking O’Henry and Edgar A. Poe short stories.

  3. Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother…free download… novel but sections would be useful… teen characters, lots of tech stuff
    great story… go to Boing Boing or search

    Thanks for all of your work…I still wonder when you sleep

    in Thailand

  4. Yes, the Avi short stories have characters with a lot of internal dialogue in which they actively process thoughts and evaluate.
    I would try also: “Biderbiks Don’t Cry” or sections of the novel, “Perloo” There are several other Avi short stories that are great, but my mind is not yet awake this morning.

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