Recomendations for non-Western short stories for a high school class?

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Recomendations for non-Western short stories for a high school class?

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feb 1, 2012, 11:33 pm

I teach World History in a high school. In my advanced classes I use a book called "Child of the Dark", which is the diary of a woman from the favelas in Brazil. It's fabulous -- we use it to talk about race, gender, human rights -- you name it.

I don't have enough, however, to use it in my other classes. What I am looking for, oh Librarythingers, are suggestions of short stories I could use in my other classes that would enable me to raise the same types of issues. I would prefer non-Western stories simply because I teach World History. Most of my kids are not strong readers. I am drawing a blank on what to use.

Any suggestions?

feb 16, 2012, 12:33 pm

An outstanding short story on gender and human rights is When It Changed by Joanna Russ. This is science fiction, and takes place on a planet called Whileaway. I won't spoil the emotional punch and paradigm shift that the story offers the new reader.

feb 16, 2012, 12:44 pm

For Bread Alone - Mohammed Choukri

feb 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

Akutagawa Ryunosuke - Selected Short Stories

feb 16, 2012, 12:48 pm

The Wandering Falcon -Jamil Ahmad

feb 16, 2012, 1:25 pm

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a novel, but a short one, and a good one for high-schoolers to read, I think. You may consider the stories of Sholom Aleichem. I recommend taking a look at the stories of Rabindranath Tagore. Both authors are totally readable at even a low high school level, but very rewarding.