"Here are 15 short story recommendations from middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers. Great for teaching literary elements

 Thirsty Crow, a hare & tortoise short story

  ➤  A thirsty crow & a pitcher

It was a hot summer day. A crow was very thirsty. He flew here & there in search of water. At last, he saw a pitcher under the tree. He flew and sat on the edge of its mouth, hoping to drink water it. But the water in it was too low. He tried his best but could not reach the water. He then hit upon a plan. He brought some stones& dropped them one by one into the pitcher. The level of the water gradually rose & finally came within his reach. The crow then drank the water & happily flew away.
MORAL- where there is will there is a way.

➤A hare & tortoise in the jungle

Once upon a time, there lived in a jungle a hare & tortoise. one day a hare met the tortoise. The hare laughed at the slow pace of the tortoise."Don't laugh." Said the tortoise." I may be slow but I can beat you in the race." " Is it so?.", said the hare. Let us have a race & see who wins.
So all the animals assembled to fix the finishing line of their race. They all witnessed their competition of race.
This race started. The hare ran very fast. Near the finishing point, he looked back and found that the tortoise was far behind. He sat under a tree & fell asleep. The tortoise moved on & on steadily & he reached the goal. Suddenly the hare woke up & saw the tortoise far ahead of him. He started running as fast as he could but it was all in vain. The tortoise had already reached the goal.
MORAL-Slow but steady wins the race.

➤A robust dog & wild wolf

A pale & thin wolf lived in the forest. He never had enough to eat & suffered from hunger. One day he met a dog. The dog was healthy. The wolf wanted to know the secret of his good health. The dog spoke highly of his own good fortune. My master is very kind to me. My duty is to keep watch only at night& in the day time I get lots of food & rest. Said the dog. The wolf almost agreed to serve the same master. But suddenly he noticed a mark on the dog's neck. When the wolf came to know from the dog that it was the mark of a chain, he refused to go with the dog. He preferred his hard but free life to a comfortable life in bondage.


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