The Elevator Short Story Activities & Worksheets – Digital & Print!


Teaching William Sleator’s short story “The Elevator” is easy and engaging with these post-reading activities & worksheets! A wide variety of no-prep options are included, making it easy for you to differentiate your instruction, extend the learning for your early finishers, or provide student choice. Printable? Digital? It’s all included to save YOU time.


Both teachers and students love these unique and challenging creative activities. Students will plot the story, research the science of fear and superstitions, and debate whether the lady in the elevator was real or imagined!

Here’s a full breakdown of what’s included:

Plot Diagram – Can your students complete a plot diagram for “The Elevator?”

Finish the Story – What happens after the lady presses STOP? Students pick up the story from there.

Unwritten Social Rules – Students expand on a line from the text and explore unwritten social norms.

Fear Factor -Dig into the word of fear and research social phobias, agoraphobia, and specific phobias.

Podcast Pairing – Listen to a podcast on The Science of Fear and compare it to what Martin experienced in the text.

The Great Debate – Was the lady in the elevator real – or was she imagined? Let your students answer & use details and evidence from the text to support their thinking!

All you need to do to use these resources is hit print or assign on your digital learning platform. Everything is ready to go!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rachell said, “These sources provided excellent ways to engage with “The Elevator”. My students particularly loved the debate activity. Some of the other activities can be paired perfectly with a sub lesson plan, which came in handy for me during this 2020 season.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kim said, “My students loved this story and these activities were wonderful to use. They loved especially writing a new ending to the story. It spared great creativity.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Caseyjean said, “My GT students loved creating an alternative ending to the story, they had so many ideas. The students had fun and were engaged the whole time.”


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RL.6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5

RL.7.1, 7.2, 7.3

RL.8.1, RL.8.2


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