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Short Stories

These short stories have plenty of intrigue to keep students engaged and teachers can use them to teach literary devices including plot, characterization, foreshadowing, and irony. In addition, these stories have content that will provide for rich discussion about society, morals, ethics, and values.

145th Street: Short Stories

145th Street: Short Stories

Walter Dean Myers
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
2000

M Is for Magic

Neil Gaiman
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Short Stories
Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Ellen Oh
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
2017
The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

Leigh Bardugo
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fairy Tales, Folktales and Myths, Short Stories
Published:
2017
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Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression

David Wallis
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2007
A Good Man is Hard to Find

A Good Man is Hard to Find

Flannery O'Conner
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Short Stories
Published:
1997

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Ursula LeGuin
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Science fiction / Dystopian, Short Stories
Published:
1973
Silhouette of a sniper aiming his rifle

The Sniper

Liam O'Flaherty
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
1923

The Umbrella Man

Roald Dahl
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Short Stories
Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the Slaughter

Roald Dahl
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Mystery / Crime, Short Stories, Thriller / Horror
Published:
1953

The Most Dangerous Game

Richard Connell
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories, Thriller / Horror
Published:
1924

The Story of an Hour

Kate Chopin
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
1894
The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi

O. Henry
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
1905
the lottery

The Lottery

Shirley Jackson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Science fiction / Dystopian, Short Stories, Thriller / Horror
Published:
1948
A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Short Stories
Published:
2007
Genre:
Short Stories