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40 Excellent Short Stories For Middle School

Middle school is a funny place. Students can be mature and insightful one minute, obtuse and petulant the next. Yet even the most resistant scholar will enjoy a good story. The 40 stories below are sometimes surprising, other times hair-raising. They are all guaranteed to raise questions and instigate discussions in your classroom that can lead to meaningful dialogues about what really matters in the lives of your students. All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury | Short Story Unit | Short Story Unit on TpTAmigo Brothers by Piri ThomasThe Scholarship Jacket by Marta SalinasIcarus and Daedalus by Josephine Preston PeabodyFlowers for Algernon by Daniel KeysHarrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade BambaraRules of the Game by Amy TanThe Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Copyright notice: These stories are published on sites other than MrsWatersEnglish.com and NONE of them are excerpted or quoted in MWE-created materials. Related 21 Scary Halloween Short Stories For Middle School

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Death By Scrabble by Charlie Fish It's a hot day and I hate my wife. We're playing Scrabble. That's how bad it is. Differentiate Language Arts: Noting Details By 6th grade, our reading program’s (Houghton Mifflin) comprehension skills have become a bit basic for most of my gifted students. I’ve been working on increasing the depth and complexity of these skills. Noting Details He Named Me Malala Malala: There is a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up. Presenters: Tonight Malala remains in intensive care. She was shot in the head for daring to suggest girls should go to school. Malala’s father: Me and my wife, we cried all the night. The English Library - classic short stories free This section of our site is devoted to classic short stories. Our collection of short stories includes horrror, crime, sci-fi, romance and general fiction. New stories are added on a regular basis. Louisa May Alcott - Scarlet Stockings E.

Stories by Saki Full list “HAVE you written to thank the Froplinsons for what they sent us?” asked Egbert. “No,” said Janetta, with a note of tired defiance in her voice; “I’ve written eleven letters to-day expressing surprise and gratitude for sundry unmerited gifts, but … Continue reading

Lord of the Flies Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates Lord of the Flies Play the Lord of the Flies Game About the game The aim of this game is to introduce some basic analytical aspects of the book and to challenge the reader's memory through play. Teaching Novels In The Common Core Era The teaching of literature, and novels in particular, has been a subject of some controversy and confusion since the advent of the Common Core. The standards’ call for a greater percentage of informational text (increasing from an equal percentage of informational and literary in fourth grade, to 70% informational and 30% literary by grade 12) was seen as a sign the standards were trying to phase out literature. However, these percentages were cumulative across the whole school day and reflect reading that should be happening in content area classes, like science and social studies. While the amount of informational text read in most ELA classrooms will increase, the introduction to the standards clearly states, “The ELA classroom must focus on literature (stories, drama and poetry) as well as literary nonfiction.” In fact, the standards themselves contain an appendix of text exemplars that include many well-loved novels, ranging from classic to more contemporary.

White Dog Once there was a boy who had a friendly white dog named Ghost. Joey and Ghost were best friends. They loved to roam the countryside looking for adventure. They climbed rocks and waded through cool streams. Joey's neighbors all liked Ghost, too. 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.

Romeo and Juliet: Plot Overview In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

Creativity 2.0: Tone and Mood in Literature - Moving Beyond Paragraphs I slammed my hand down on the desk. "What are you doing?" I bellowed. Frozen, terrified students stared at me, looked at their classmates and back to me. Shock swallowed their breath and turned every fiber of attention to me, the psychotic teacher, standing in the middle of the room.

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