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, 11:33pm

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, 12:33pm

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, 12:44pm

For Bread Alone - Mohammed Choukri

Feb 16, 2012, 12:45pm

Akutagawa Ryunosuke - Selected Short Stories

Feb 16, 2012, 12:48pm

The Wandering Falcon -Jamil Ahmad

Feb 16, 2012, 1:25pm

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.