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.

13 Short Stories for Engaging Secondary Students & Teaching Literary Elements

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.

Literary Terms Word Search from Middle School Matters on TeachersNotebook.com (3 pages)  - A quick activity to be used at a literacy center or for a Do Now or Ticket Out, this word search will help you find who has an understanding of basic terms often found in middle school ELA assessments.

Literary Terms Word Search from Middle School Matters on TeachersNotebook.com (3 pages) - A quick activity to be used at a literacy center or for a Do Now or Ticket Out, this word search will help you find who has an understanding of basic terms often found in middle school ELA assessments.

This figurative language anchor chart has a great twist--it's interactive!  Read the blogpost from Crafting Connections to see how this works!

This figurative language anchor chart has a great twist--it's interactive! Read the blogpost from Crafting Connections to see how this works!

Impress or annoy your friends with these literary terms

10 literary terms to impress your friends (infographic)

Classroom Freebies Too: Helping Students Understand Literary Devices Freebie

Helping Students Understand Literary Devices Freebie

16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney:  Because why waste money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?

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16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney: Because why waste money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?

Literary Devices Interactive Dictionary for grades 5-8!

Literary Devices Interactive Dictionary: Exploring Figurative Language

Start your Monday's with the Literary Term Of The Week! This purchase includes a 110 slide presentation with modern examples of literary terms that your students will definitely recognize :) It also includes a Lit term of the week poster for each of the terms so your students can find their own examples throughout the week!

Literary term of the week

Start your Monday's with the Literary Term Of The Week! This purchase includes a 110 slide presentation with modern examples of literary terms that your students will definitely recognize :) It also includes a Lit term of the week poster for each of the terms so your students can find their own examples throughout the week!

Poetry terms with examples and definitions - included in Laura Candler's Exploring Poetry along with lessons, activities, and printables for teaching kids to read and understand poetry.

Poetry Lessons - Exploring Poetry: Teaching Kids to Read and Understand Poetry

Poetry terms with examples and definitions - included in Laura Candler's Exploring Poetry along with lessons, activities, and printables for teaching kids to read and understand poetry.

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