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Teaching short stories

Lesson plan

Students work in pairs and chose 2 different short stories and compare the stories according to:

Characters, Setting, Dialogue, Conflict, Point of view , Resolution, Plot, Theme, Length (see more here)

Find free online short stories here and use your reading skills to skim through and decide on what to read, choose one story each.

  1. Classic short stories
  2. The English Library – classic short stories
  3. American literature – the Short story Library
  4. Alice Walker – Use
  5. Jack London – To build a fire
  6. Amy Tan – Two kinds
  7. Roald Dahl, several short stories


  1. Use Audioboo to make an audio file
  2. Use Prezi, PreZenit, or Zoho Show to make a presentation for class
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