15 Great Short Stories To Teach in Middle School

  1. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
  2. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  3. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  4. “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
  5. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
  6. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
  8. “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling
  9. “The Interlopers” by Saki (H.H. Munro)
  10. “The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton
  11. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
  12. “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee
  13. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  14. The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft
  15. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

These short stories vary in genres and themes, offering a diverse range of narratives and engaging content for middle school students. Happy teaching!

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