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A Short Story You Should Know

I’m about 100 years late to the party, but I just discovered Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House” and need to spread the word.

Want a story that’ll hold students’ attention? It’ll do that.
Want a story that’ll help them dig into literary analysis? Does that, too.
Want a story that’ll hopefully inspire them to be better people? Yup, that’s the whole point.

If you don’t know Mansfield’s story, you can read it here (public domain):
https://www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/archive/www.katherinemansfieldsociety.org/assets/KM-Stories/THE-DOLLS-HOUSE.pdf

I also found a fabulous Margaret Drabble audio performance of the story (story portion is just under 19 minutes):

Write your own questions or use the set I’ve posted here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Dolls-House-Katherine-Mansfield-short-story-analysis-PDF-Google-Drive-CCSS-8523079


Finally, help students use their analysis skills to connect literature to fine art by examining A Girl Writing; The Pet Goldfinch, a Henriette Browne oil painting (ca. 1870) in the public domain:


My lesson download includes questions to help guide students through their analysis of Browne’s painting as well as detailed answer keys for both question sets.

Hope these ideas are useful. Any other short story gems I should check out? Leave a reply and I’ll get to reading…

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