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100 Great Short Stories. 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.

Very Short Stories for High School & Middle School

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. Reading a few could be just what someone needs to get motivated to read a regular-length one. 5 Short Stories With Surprise Endings Your Students Will Love to Analyze - The Teaching Cove.

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5 Short Stories With Surprise Endings Your Students Will Love to Analyze - The Teaching Cove

Do your students find short stories boring? Can’t find short pieces of literature to have great discussions in class? Well, today’s post is about exactly that. With just a few days before the holiday break, short stories can be the perfect short lesson plans you need, if you choose the right ones. Short stories with cliffhangers or interesting endings are the ones that students love to analyze. 21 Scary Halloween Short Stories For Middle School. The creepier the tale, the more middle school students love it. October is the perfect month to introduce middle school students to scary short stories. [tweet_dis]Download these 21 short stories that are perfect for Halloween-related lesson plans. [/tweet_dis] I have tried to include related activities, lesson plans, and other resources, including YouTube videos, TV show adaptations, and related songs.

Happy Halloween! 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. Richard Connell (1893-1949) The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (1893-1949) Approximate Word Count: 8426 "OFF THERE to the right--somewhere--is a large island," said Whitney.

Richard Connell (1893-1949)

" It's rather a mystery--" Thank You, Ma'am. Short story the stolen party. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. By Edgar Allan Poe(published 1845) FOR the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not -- and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world, plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events. A Sound of Thunder. HouseOnMango. Through the tunnel text. American History TB. The Lady Or The Tiger? by Frank Stockton. When all the people had assembled in the galleries, and the king, surrounded by his court, sat high up on his throne of royal state on one side of the arena, he gave a signal, a door beneath him opened, and the accused subject stepped out into the amphitheater.

The Lady Or The Tiger? by Frank Stockton

Directly opposite him, on the other side of the enclosed space, were two doors, exactly alike and side by side. It was the duty and the privilege of the person on trial to walk directly to these doors and open one of them. The Interlopers by Saki. He strayed away by himself from the watchers whom he had placed in ambush on the crest of the hill, and wandered far down the steep slopes amid the wild tangle of undergrowth, peering through the tree trunks and listening through the whistling and skirling of the wind and the restless beating of the branches for sight and sound of the marauders.

The Interlopers by Saki

If only on this wild night, in this dark, lone spot, he might come across Georg Znaeym, man to man, with none to witness - that was the wish that was uppermost in his thoughts. And as he stepped round the trunk of a huge beech he came face to face with the man he sought. The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. 13 Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements - The Literary Maven. Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students.

13 Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements - The Literary Maven

There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Here's 13 of my favorites.1. The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty. Liam O'Flaherty (1897-1984) The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty (1897-1984) Approximate Word Count: 1619.

Liam O'Flaherty (1897-1984)

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. There was a pier-glass between the windows of the room.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

Perhaps you have seen a pier-glass in an $8 Bat. A very thin and very agile person may, by observing his reflection in a rapid sequence of longitudinal strips, obtain a fairly accurate conception of his looks. Della, being slender, had mastered the art. Suddenly she whirled from the window and stood before the glass.