This page features 20 of my favorite short stories with questions. These reading activities are perfect for classroom use. Written by some of the greatest authors in history, these stories are short enough to cover in a single class period, and rich enough to warrant study. I tried to select stories that students would find highly interesting. I chose stories with ironic endings, interesting twists, and clever plot movements. This collection will nurture your students' love of reading and storytelling. I also prepared ten multiple-choice and long response questions for each text. These questions cover a range of reading skills from comprehension and inferring to interpreting themes and identifying figurative language techniques.
These reading activities are available in both the old-school paper format (.RTF and .PDF) and the updated Ereading Worksheet format. With the print-out versions, I optimized to reduce paper use. Most of these fit onto 4 sides. With the new Ereading Worksheets (online versions), I was not limited by paper sides, and was able to ask follow-up short response questions to each multiple-choice. I recommend that you use these if you have the tech at your disposal. They can be completed on any Internet connected device. Students receive instant feedback, and they can print, save, or email score sheets. They can also share their results on Facebook. These activities are easy to integrate with Google Classroom. Definitions of challenging vocabulary words can be found with one click. And perhaps most importantly, these activities are more accessible to students with disabilities. Without further introduction, I present 20 of my favorite short stories with questions, available as worksheets and online activities.
List of Stories
"That Spot" - By Jack London | Reading Level 4-8|
"The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger" - By L. Frank Baum | Reading Level 4-8
"The Fir Tree" - By Hans Christian Andersen | Reading Level 4-8
"The Tell-Tale Heart" - By Edgar Allan Poe Andersen | Reading Level 5-9
"The Gift of the Magi" - By O. Henry | Reading Level 5-9
"The Cat That Walked by Himself" - By Rudyard Kipling | Reading Level 5-9
"The Story of Keesh" - By Jack London | Reading Level 5-9
"The Nightingale and the Rose" - By Oscar Wilde | Reading Level 5-9
"The Lottery Ticket" - By Anton Chekhov | Reading Level 5-9
"The Ransom of Red Chief" - By O. Henry | Reading Level 5-9
"Gilray's Flower-Pot" - By J.M. Barrie | Reading Level 6-10
"2 B R 0 2 B" - By Kurt Vonnegut | Reading Level 6-10
"A Mystery of Heroism" - By Stephen Crane | Reading Level 6-10
"The Hydrophobic Skunk" - By Irvin S. Cobb | Reading Level 6-10
"Mr. Brisher's Treasure" - By H. G. Wells | Reading Level 6-10
"A Respectable Woman" - By Kate Chopin | Reading Level 7-11
"A Piece of Steak" - By Jack London | Reading Level 7-11
"The Son" - By Hermann Hesse | Reading Level 7-11
"Thrown Away" - By Rudyard Kipling | Reading Level 7-11
"Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale" - By Mark Twain | Reading Level 8-12
I hope that these stories and resources help you accomplish your goals. Please let me know if you find any errors or have any feedback. Leave a comment below or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for visiting my website.