Saturday, July 10, 2021

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Marigolds by Eugenia Collier: Short Story Analysis”

by Stacey Lloyd
8th - 10th Grade

Looking for engaging, meaningful resources for teaching Eugenia Collier's 'Marigolds'? Whether you have been teaching this story for years and are looking for something fresh, or have never taught it before, these resources will guide you and your students through a critical reading of this nostalgic short story.


**Note: The actual text of the short story is NOT included due to copyright reasons. However, where possible, links and directions to where you can find the story are included.

Lesson Ideas:

Although there is no step-by-step lesson plan contained, this teacher’s page gives ideas for pre-reading and post-reading activities, as well as discussion prompts and essay writing topics.

Student Pages:

  • Pre-Reading Worksheet: This page gets students thinking about themes, making predictions, and familiarizing themselves with key vocabulary.
  • After-Reading Worksheet: This graphic organizer page provides opportunities for students to engage with the story creatively.
  • Quick Quiz: This one-page MCQ quiz doesn't merely assess recall but requires students to think critically and make inferences.
  • Key Focus: On this page, student zoom in to one key literary element and analyze it in the context of this short story.

Answer Key:

Where possible, answers have been provided.




As this lesson can easily stand alone, and contains all necessary instructions for use, it works extremely well as a sub plan!


Once you have taught literary elements, this lesson could be used to assess students' knowledge and understanding.


The multiple worksheets contained make for an excellent (and challenging) extension tasks for early-finishers in any ELA class.


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