Short Stories for Middle School

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  1. katrinkit

    katrinkit Comrade

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    What are your favorite short stories to share with 6th-8th grade? I am trying to compile a list, but I am having trouble deciding what is appropriate.
     
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    Do you have a textbook yet?

    For 8th grade, I like the following:
    "Raymond's Run"
    "The Tell-Tale Heart"
    "Checkouts"
    "The Lady, or the Tiger?"
    "The Ransom of Red Chief"
    "Rules of the Game"
    "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"
    "Stop the Sun"

    These are all in our literature book.
     
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    I remember reading "A Modest Proposal" by Swift to teach satire around that age but it might be more appropriate for 8th graders than 6th.
     
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    "The Lottery". Our Honors 8th graders loved it and talked about it for a week.
     
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    OoOO thats a good one, too!
     
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    I do have a text, an will be using it - I'm looking for others as well.
     
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    I love to use O. Henry stories. His unexpected plot twists and endings alway make his stories interesting and hold student attention because they never know what will happen.
     
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    My 7th graders like McKnight Malmer's "The Storm", Ambrose Bierce's "The Boarded Window", Stuart's "The Split Cherry Tree", Hawthorne's "The Great Stone Face", and Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily". The like the others mentioned, too.
     
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    I've used "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl to teach suspense...students almost always love it!
     
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    You might consider "Butterflies" by Patricia Grace to teach perspective or critical analysis.
     
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    I'm confused...I saw that as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I thought Roald Dahl was a later writer than Hitchcock...?
     
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    Roald Dahl died in 1990, but he started writing after World War II, and his output in children's literature didn't begin till 1961. Hitchcock seems to have dramatized six of his short stories between 1958 and 1961, according to Wikipedia.
     
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    "Naming of Names" by Ray Bradbury

    Love to use this during an Interdisciplinary Space unit
     
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    My students have loved The Landlady by Roald Dahl, After 20 Years by O. Henry, Three Skeleton Key by George Toudouze (in lit books)

    All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
     
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    LOVE "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Landlady"
     
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    I've also used "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Lottery" to teach irony
     
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    Check out stories by Saki. I teach "The Interlopers" to my 9th graders, but it's not too advanced for middle schoolers. I use it to teach irony.

    I also really like "The Lottery" and "The Most Dangerous Game"
     
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    "Charles" by Shirley Jackson and "The Most Dangerous Game" have been favorites of my 7th graders.
     

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