Great Short Stories (and lesson plans) for the End of the School Year

Although we all love National Poetry Month, we love when it ends because that means summer vacation approaches. But there’s still a month left.

May is not the time for English Romantic poetry, Victorian novels, or James Joyce.

May is the time for high interest short stories. May is the time for short stories easy enough for your class to read, but involved enough to have an intelligent discussion.


This isn’t even half of what’s on the site. That’s because I know we don’t want Hawthorne, Poe, or stories about younger brothers dying. It’s the end of the year!

35 High Interest Short Story Lesson Plan Pages 

  1. “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty
  2. “The Open Window: by Saki
  3. Underrated Short Stories for Middle School or High School
  4. “Leinengen vs the Ants”
  5. Short Stories for Teaching Irony
  6. 5 More Short Stories for Teaching Irony
  7. Conflict in Literature: 7 Great Short Story Upsets
  8. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber
  9. Science Fiction Short Stories for Middle School or High School
  10. “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
  11. 9 High Interest Short Stories for High School Students
  12. 7 Short Stories with a Twist
  13. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
  14. “The Interlopers” by Saki
  15. “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury
  16. “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury
  17. “The Fun They Had” by Isaac Asimov
  18. “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury
  19. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl
  20. “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” by Jack Finney
  21. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard O’Connel
  22. “The Lady or the Tiger” by Frank Stockton
  23. “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury
  24. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut
  25. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
  26. “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O’Henry
  27. “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane
  28. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  29. “The Rocking Horse Winner” by DH Lawrence
  30. “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing
  31. Short Stories for Teaching Characterization
  32. Short Stories for Teaching Theme
  33. Short Stories for Teaching Conflict
  34. Short Stories for Teaching Symbolism
  35. Short Stories for Teaching Suspense

 

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