Short Story Lit. Unit (Free Printable)

Often, we have a novel that we read aloud. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be doing a Short Story Unit instead. We’ll be reading 2-3 stories a day (depending on their length and the time we have available).

Short Story - Books for High SchoolI’ve included pictures (and tables of contents) for the two resources we’re  using, but of course these pages are open-ended so you can use whatever you have on hand. The World’s Greatest Short Stories (affiliate link) is available for just a couple of dollars on Kindle; it features short stories by great 19- and 20th-century writers from America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Western Europe. The other book, 50 Great Short Stories (affiliate link), is one we happen to have on hand and includes authors such as Hawthorne, Maupassant, Poe, Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B. White, Saroyan, and O’Connor.

This is a quick Short Story Unit printable I made for the kids to keep track of what we’ve read. They’ll fill in the title of the story, author’s name, setting, style, plot and a couple of thoughts. I’m hoping we get through a variety of authors in a condensed amount of time.

I printed out these pages single-sided and bound them on the left-hand side (but you can staple them instead). Just thought I’d share this with you if it’s helpful. ~Liesl

Click the link or the picture to download the free pdf: Short Stories Unit – Free Printable

Short Story Unit PrintableSome novels we have read aloud in our homeschool (with the kids in middle school and high school) in the past few years. Many of the novels we’ve read go along with what we are studying for history.

  • The Jungle
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Red Scarf Girl
  • The Good Earth
  • The Scarlett Letter
  • Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
  • A Night Divided (set in Berlin at the time the Berlin Wall was built)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Kite Runner (graphic scenes)
  • I am Malala
  • Shooting Kabul (…as in photographing.  My girls loved this!)

A couple of books my teens read (for school) and recommend:

  • Flowers for Algernon
  • 1984
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Animal Farm (my daughter said I LOVED LOVED this!)
  • They’ve read others, but these are the ones they recommend to other teens! 🙂

(The kids have read other books on their own.)

Here are a couple of related posts that might be of interest:

Homeschool Literature and Language Arts

Reading List Grade 4-6

Language Arts Homeschool-Curriculum


We often did spelling in the fall semester and grammar in the spring semester. Our family used All About Spelling for years and we LOVED it! This is a picture of ED is using All About Spelling (affiliate link) vol. 2 when she was in 2nd grade. We supplement it with other things like our Long A Spelling Sort and Long I Spelling Sort & Games.
(Find out more about the All About Spelling Program (affiliate link)

Find out more about our spelling games and activities here:

Spelling BUNDLE - Activities and GamesLong A Sound Words a ai ay ei ey eigh silent e Activitieser Sound word sort or er ir ur ear

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