Short stories are a vital part of English literature. These short story studies can be used to build a short story unit, to supplement other texts, or as a standby lesson.
Use this with our FREE Introduction to Short Stories two-page handout.
Each classic story is copyright free in Australia, the U.K. and U.S. Paragraphs are numbered for ease of reference.
Activities correspond to Bloom’s taxonomy of lower- to higher-order tasks.
- A comprehension question checks knowledge and understanding
- Application questions ask students to apply their knowledge of literary or rhetorical technique
- Analytical questions interrogate the story’s effect, mood, and construction-strategies.
- Creative writing tasks use an aspect of the story as a springboard to write creatively, discursively, or persuasively.
Poe's classic horror story has been successfully used with a Stage 5 / Year 9 class (14 years).