Thanksgiving Short Stories for Middle School or High School

If you’re like me, you thought, “Hey, it’s Thanksgiving soon! I think I’ll teach Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school.” So you did a web search for “Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school” and probably found nothing.

How can there not be Thanksgiving short stories for middle school or high school?!?!?!

I’ve decided not to waste my time pondering this mystery and instead used my own creativity and decided to teach short stories that make me grateful that I’m not a specific character in the short story.

Is it a stretch? Probably. Teaching high school or middle school, however, requires flexibility.

Short Stories That Will Make You Grateful

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  1. Scarlet Ibis Imagery“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst. The narrator tells the story about his brother, Doodle, who dies during a thunderstorm. That’s bad enough. But the narrator blames himself for Doodle’s death, and for good reason: It was his fault. I sure am grateful I’m not a character in this story.
  2. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. Everything sucks in the year 2081. Harrison Bergeron wants to change it. He gets killed. Things continue to suck in the year 2081. I sure am grateful I’m not a character in this story.

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