Cover image for Literary Shorts Anthology (Print)

Literary Shorts Anthology (Print)

160 pages


1-9 copies: £20 each; 10-99 copies: £10 each; 100-199 copies: £7.50 each; 200+ copies: £6.90. Part of EMC KS3 Curriculum Plus.
ISBN: 978 1 906101 32 9 Download sample PDF

Finalist ERA 2015

Literary Shorts: Pupil Anthology is a 160-page paperback, with 21 stories covering English literary heritage, seminal world literature and contemporary writers. Accompanies Literary Shorts: Creative, Critical and Comparative Approaches Teachers' Resource.

  • Stories to challenge, entertain and inspire.
  • Covers several areas of the new KS3 National Curriculum: seminal world literature, pre-1914 and contemporary English literature.
  • Something for everyone, from Rudyard Kipling to Isabel Allende, Katherine Mansfield to John Updike, Roald Dahl to Alice Walker.

Stories in the Pupil Anthology:

Guy de Maupassant, Rudyard Kipling, Rabindranath Tagore, Saki, Katharine Mansfield, Thomas Hardy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Yasar Kemal, Alice Walker, William Trevor, Jean Rhys, Roald Dahl, Isabel Allende, John Updike, Joe R. Lansdale, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Meg Rosoff, Barbara Bleiman, Kate DiCamillo.

Literary Shorts Anthology is included in EMC KS3 Curriculum Plus.

Additional material:

An overview of EMC KS3 CurriculumPlus.

Resource type: Paperback pupil book


'... a high-quality resource that shows what the English and Media Centre does so well: providing welcome support whilst also allowing teachers to use their professional judgement, offering routes that can be adapted to meet the needs and strengths of particular groups.

Literary Shorts is aimed at students in KS3, but it was clearly produced with an eye to preparing students for the new GCSE, developing the critical and evaluative reading skills that will be needed in both English Language and English Literature. In spirit, however, it goes far beyond the official requirements of subject criteria and assessment objectives, offering new ways of approaching the short story and new texts that will inspire teachers and students alike.'

Carol Atherton, Teaching English

'Literary Shorts is a fantastic resource. The stories are engaging, challenging and varied, the teaching strategies are creative and well-designed to support students in becoming curious, independent readers.'

Eleanor Cox, Head of English, Swanlea School

'Literary Shorts has been a big hit and staff have valued the way in which the different routes have been mapped across the key stage as this has allowed the resource to be flexibly slotted into curriculum plans.

Pupils are enjoying the texts and the resource is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for texts across the centuries and cultures.

It is also good value for money as it can be used across the whole of key stage 3.'

Annette Grilli, Secondary English Intervention Officer, Sefton LA

'The department have all - hard to please all! – loved using the text, and the teacher pack.

The most striking thing about this collection is in fact that the short stories are just that, short! And this perfectly and beautifully cast away the 'what’s going on' questions and the need to read and read before feisty discussion took place.

Specifically the intro section on Why we tell stories/what is a story was a really dynamic way in. This had perhaps previously been the domain of L6 lit students, but KS3 students were fully engaged in 'How stories worked'. The 6 word stories were a really great way in, and were all keen to write them.

We loved it, they loved it.

Our students became personally engaged, predatory, curious readers. Perfect.'

Jane Farmer, Giggleswick School

Comment on this publication

Questions about an EMC publication? Check our FAQs or email

Publication categories