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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.


There are four activities, corresponding to Bloom's taxonomy of lower- to higher-order tasks.

1. A comprehension question checks knowledge and understanding

2. A close reading task assists development of textual analysis

3. A writing at length task involves considering the story's effect, mood, or technical strategies.

4. A choice of two creative writing tasks use an aspect of the story as a springboard to write creatively, discursively, or persuasively.


This twist in the tale moral short story, 'The Necklace', by Guy de Maupassant is around 3000 words and has been successfully used with a Year 10 class (ages 15-16)

Short Story Study: Guy de Maupassant, 'The Necklace'

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