Goodreads: Twenty Great American Short Stories


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These short stories sometimes present challenges  to English language learners because they find vocabulary which is out of their comfort  zones however these stories always  lived up to their own expectations .

  1. The Gift of the Magi (1905) by O. Henry
  2. The Little Match Girl (1905) by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. To Build a Fire (1908) by Jack London
  4. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1890, 1891) by Ambrose Bierce
  5. A Dark Brown Dog (written ~1893, published 1901) by Stephen Crane
  6. The Monkey’s Paw (1902) by W.W. Jacobs
  7. Eve’s Diary (1906) by Mark Twain
  8. The Story of an Hour (1894, 1895) by Kate Chopin
  9. The Luck of Roaring Camp (1868) by Bret Harte
  10. Regret (1897) by Kate Chopin
  11. The Skylight Room (1906) by O. Henry
  12. A Horseman in the Sky (1889) by Ambrose Bierce
  13. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820) by Washington Irving
  14. My Kinsman, Major Molineux (1832), by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  15. Young Goodman Brown (1835), by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16.  The Minister’s Black Veil (1836) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  17. The Cactus (1882) by O. Henry
  18. The Tell-Tale Heart (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe
  19. Scarlet Stockings (~1869) by Louisa May Alcott
  20. An Angel in Disguise by T.S. Arthur

You can make the most out of these reading by assigning your students  to  recap the story by using  images  and short descriptions ,  find out which point of view is present , the setting and characterization of of the  main characters.

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