For educational use only. Here are some of the short fiction offerings you may choose to study. (You are going to read four, and then do this for three of them. Be sure to read at least two different authors. Your least favourite of the stories you read, you will do The Loser Assignment for.):
Andrew Lang (edited and translated) Fairy Tales:
Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales:
The Five Chinese Brothers
Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales:
Neil Foster Macphail:
French Canadian folktale in English
Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology stories of Thor and Loki (Available in the classroom in hardcover or online at this link.)
Crackling Mountain: Japanese myth about the tanuki (tanooki), the magical raccoon-like creature that explains why Super Mario wears a tanuki suit to fly. WARNING: disturbing content.
Beowulf the Monster Slayer
"Lesser Evil," Andrzej Sapkowski's story that the first episode of the TV show The Witcher is based on.
"Heorot" (Jim Butcher's modern Beowulf, with a battle wizard in Chicago)
Orson Scott Card's original short story version of "Ender's Game"
"Traditional High School English" Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway's "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" (man takes his wife lion hunting. She may be cheating on him.)