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To encourage the love of literature in classrooms all over the world, we recommend these short stories for middle school students, chosen to encourage a passion for reading, thinking about, and discussing great literature.

Our selection showcases the incredible variety of approaches and techniques that great writers have used to entertain us with the short story genre. These stories wander from suspenseful to humorous to surprising; often with a "twist ending" and drive home the concept of irony. We hope they inspire meaningful classroom discussions, build critical analysis skills, and are fun to read. For an encore list, enjoy Short Stories for Middle School II , and then on to Short Stories for High School . Check out Foodie Stories and Poetry for Students

Hear first-hand stories from students who have built essential international skills by studying, volunteering, interning, teaching or working abroad. This is your portal to career-boosting international adventures!

It is argued that the short story is “related” in some way to myth, parable, legend, fable, fairy tale, essay, character study and even anecdote.  Penguin notes that the term “short story” has relatives in the shapes of French, Spanish, Italian and German words, suggesting a deep and complex ancestry.  Some suggest that many of the earliest short stories can be found in the Bible, accounts of Cain and Abel, Judith and Suzannah, to name a few. 

What we consider the modern short story – written in prose, for example, as opposed to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (which, paradoxically, are considered short stories) – probably arose in Britain during the second half of the 18th century as a response to a growing appetite for Gothic novels.  While other writers influenced the emerging genre, perhaps the most notable names to arise at or about this time are Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irvine and Nathaniel Hawthorne (interestingly, the works of each author are associated with “ghost stories” in some regard.) 

If nothing else, the short story has survived as a genre, clearly defined or not.  “In the end the form has shown itself to be so flexible and susceptible of so much variety that its possibilities seem almost endless,” (Penguin, 867).  That said, it seems that early and contemporary short story authors adhere to those basic tenets outlined by Poe.  In the end, as always, it is up to the reader to decide. 

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To encourage the love of literature in classrooms all over the world, we recommend these short stories for middle school students, chosen to encourage a passion for reading, thinking about, and discussing great literature.

Our selection showcases the incredible variety of approaches and techniques that great writers have used to entertain us with the short story genre. These stories wander from suspenseful to humorous to surprising; often with a "twist ending" and drive home the concept of irony. We hope they inspire meaningful classroom discussions, build critical analysis skills, and are fun to read. For an encore list, enjoy Short Stories for Middle School II , and then on to Short Stories for High School . Check out Foodie Stories and Poetry for Students

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To encourage the love of literature in classrooms all over the world, we recommend these short stories for middle school students, chosen to encourage a passion for reading, thinking about, and discussing great literature.

Our selection showcases the incredible variety of approaches and techniques that great writers have used to entertain us with the short story genre. These stories wander from suspenseful to humorous to surprising; often with a "twist ending" and drive home the concept of irony. We hope they inspire meaningful classroom discussions, build critical analysis skills, and are fun to read. For an encore list, enjoy Short Stories for Middle School II , and then on to Short Stories for High School . Check out Foodie Stories and Poetry for Students

Hear first-hand stories from students who have built essential international skills by studying, volunteering, interning, teaching or working abroad. This is your portal to career-boosting international adventures!

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