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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.

Activities correspond to Bloom’s taxonomy of lower- to higher-order tasks.

  • A comprehension question checks knowledge and understanding

  • A close reading task assists development of textual analysis

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

  • Creative writing tasks use an aspect of the story as a springboard to write creatively, discursively, or persuasively.


These three comical stories from classic texts have been successfully used with a Stage 4 / Year 8 class ( 13 years).

Short Story Study: Three Funny Stories about Food

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