15 Great Short Stories To Teach in Middle School

  1. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  2. “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
  3. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
  4. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell
  5. “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
  6. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  7. “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst
  8. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
  9. “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling
  10. “The Lady or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton
  11. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber
  12. “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
  13. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
  14. “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty
  15. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

Each of these short stories offers valuable lessons, engages students in critical thinking, and provides opportunities for meaningful discussions. By incorporating these stories into the curriculum, educators can spark students’ imagination, cultivate their reading skills, and instill important moral values.