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SK stories that are YA appropriate?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by bourj, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. bourj

    bourj New Member

    Hey folks,

    I teach high school, and I was looking to add some new short stories to my freshman curriculum. I was wondering if any of you could suggest some SK stories that would be appropriate for classroom use with younger readers?

    I've read almost all of SK's stuff, but there is SO much out there, it's hard for me to recall what might work without rereading everything. So what I'm looking for is...
    - The shorter, the better (as SK says, he often suffers from "literary elephantiasis")
    - Minimal/no sexual content
    - Limited profanity

    Basically, think "PG-13" level stories. I know "Strawberry Spring" is used in some of the earlier grades. Can anyone think of any others that might work?
     
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  2. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

  3. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    From Night Shift:

    Jerusalem's Lot (comparable to Poe, I think)

    From Skeleton Crew:

    The Reach (supernatural but not scary)

    There are others but I don't have copies to fact check using the criteria you gave. Maybe others will come along with suggestions.
     
  4. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    If you think a little longer novella length would work, The Body would be a good one. Unfortunately for this situation Penguin isn't his publisher anymore, but when they had this title they included it as part of their educational series for teachers to use in classrooms and had an accompanying study guide.
     
  5. Out of Order

    Out of Order Game Over.....

    Uncle Otto's Truck
    N.
    Beachworld
    The Jaunt
     
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  6. bourj

    bourj New Member

    Thanks for the suggestions so far! I wish I could do a novella like "The Body" or a novel like "Eyes of the Dragon," but that would require a lot more red tape for me to get approved. Once something gets past the 20/30 page mark, it also becomes more of a time investment for struggling readers, so that's why I like things to be as short as possible.

    I just read that story "Cookie Jar," which seems like it might be a good fit as well.
     
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  7. bourj

    bourj New Member

    What collection is "N." in? I don't recall that story.
     
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  8. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    It's from Just After Sunset.
     
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  9. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

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  10. Out of Order

    Out of Order Game Over.....

    N. would fit the bill for

    No/limited sexual activity, profanity may be an issue. I haven't a copy with me to check on that. It does have suicide in it and deals with, perhaps, mental illness. Just wanted to mention that.
     
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  11. Cheffie1983

    Cheffie1983 Well-Known Member

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

    Teens can relate to how she feels in the book...without the lost in the woods part.
     
  12. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  13. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I like that King gives a shout out to this school in 11/22/63. Jake Epping is an English teacher at Lisbon High School.
     
  14. goodwitch

    goodwitch Well-Known Member

    I agree with all suggestions! Misery would be good too. My son had to pick a book in 8th last year and he hates reading. I suggested It and his teacher ok'd it. He DEVOURED the book, actually read and absorbed it.
     
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  15. Tribsaint

    Tribsaint New Member

    This is probably well past due, but what the hey. I am currently writing assignments/assessments working my way through the published short works of King. I have been teaching King in my classes since I started teaching (6 years) I do a lot of editing (heavy black marker) and even go as far as using audacity to bleep words if I'm using the audiobook version. Currently, I have around 60 stories done, and they are up on my teachers pay teacher store. I wouldn't openly teach all of them, instead using some assignments to track independent reading.
    The following are some good ones that I teach, plan to, or would feel safe doing so.

    Battleground
    Gray matter
    One for the Road
    Poppy
    Sorry right number
    N
    Quitters inc
    The Jaunt
    I am the doorway
    Home delivery
    The moving finger
    A Death
    The Dune
    Suffer the little children
    The last rung on the ladder
    My pretty pony
    The cat from hell
    Crouch end
    End of the whole mess
     
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  16. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  17. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Welcome!

    Hey, you need to get with Mr. King's assistant, Ms. Mod, about adapting anything of Mr. King's, particularly if you're making money on it. As both a teaching para and a writer, I can say that that's no bueno, unless you have written permission from the writer/his or her representative.
     
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  18. danie

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

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  19. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta Tester Moderator

    Marsha is currently in contact with this member, thanks for the information. skimom2
     
  20. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome!
     

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