Very Short Stories for Middle and High School Students to Read Online
Howard is an avid short story reader who likes to help others find and understand stories. 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. If you want to be able to reference a print edition at your leisure, one of my favorites is "Little Worlds" (Amazon). This anthology has 31 short stories for students. Short Stories for High School Students Here are some short stories that deal with themes and subject matter appropriate for high school students. 1. 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) 2. A doctor makes a house call on a sick young girl. Read "The Use of Force" (1,565 words) 3. 4. 5.
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