Set up a library of short stories in the classroom for student use. School libraries will usually loan books for an extended period of time for special class projects.
Encourage students to keep a record of their personal thoughts and problems in a journal. Expressing emotions in written form can often help in finding solutions to problems.
Students can write a short story based on a personal experience or problem taken from the journal. Sometimes students must admit that they have a problem before they go about finding a solution. This activity will allow students to confront the problem and try to find a solution. Stories will be discussed with the student’s permission.
Students may also use art as a means of working our frustrations or concerns. A short story can be created in the form of a picture. Pictures will be shared with class.
Start a literary club for those students interested. Discussions could be held on the short story and other forms of literature.