Don't let your literature anthology dictate the short stories you read with your middle school and high school students. There are so many wonderful short stories out there, many of which can be used to teach a variety of literary elements and paired with other texts. Read on for 13 of my favorites, which literary terms and skills they lend themselves to teaching, plus suggested text pairings and activities.

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Alas, as the editor of a short story website, I see a number of common short story mistakes over and over again, even from authors with great fundamentals.

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Below are one hundred short story ideas for all your favorite genres. You can use them as writing prompts or just for fun!

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Want to write a short story but struggling on the "short" part? Learn my top tips for trimming down your story!

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