Find lesson plans for teaching the elements of a short story on several web sites, including LessonPlanPage.com, Florida State University's CPALMS.org, Flocabulary.com, MyEnglishPages.com and ReadWriteThink.org. Consider the age level of your students and their attention spans when choosing the most appropriate lesson plan.
For elementary aged students, Flocabulary.com's Five Elements of a Story Video offers an engaging lesson plan. By using song lyrics to illustrate and provide examples for plot, character, conflict, theme and setting, many students find it easier to remember each of these individual elements. Worksheets, class discussion and repeated viewings of the video help students further cement their understanding of the concept. Read a short story, and discuss the elements. Ask the students to write their own short story by using a story map to identify the five important story elements.