Very Short Stories for High School & Middle School
If your students are struggling to get into the short story, or you're pressed for time, here are some very brief stories to get you started. They're not as short as Hemingway's famous six-word story (For sale: baby shoes, never worn.), but they're manageable even for reluctant readers. Most are under 2,000 words; I've included an approximate word count where I could. These stories offer a complete reading experience with great economy of words. Looking for Short Stories on a Particular Subject or Theme? The Story of an Hour | Kate Chopin A woman is given the news that her husband has been killed in a railroad accident. Read "The Story of an Hour" (1,020 words) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | James Thurber A passive and put-upon man has a series of daydreams while driving his wife on her weekly errands. Read "Walter Mitty" (2,080 words) The Use of Force | William Carlos Williams A doctor makes a house call on a sick young girl. Read "The Use of Force" (1,565 words) Girl | Jamaica Kincaid Mr.
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