My Predicament by Benjamin Kunkel
This story is told from the point of view of a spider. And not just any spider... a spider with a guilty conscience. The spider kills a moth and can't believe how horrible he is. He is so distraught with his actions that he removes his web and resigns himself to walking along nature's ground until he starves to death. Then he sees a beetle and before he can stop himself, he attacks it with murder in his heart! He fails (beetles are tough) and is again ashamed of who he is. It goes like this and it is a very fresh story.
Story: 9 of 10
I love reading something new and this is definitely new and different. The existential crisis of the narrator spider is just wonderful.
Teachability: 9 of 10
I think you could examine this in regards to a spider vs. a spider's nature just you would with some stories featuring men vs. the nature of men. That it is a spider is a bonus and could get the students hooked a little easier. .