Since I'll be doing 365 of these little entries, I think the first one should be special. Therefore, I present my favorite short story ever. Flannery O'Connor's southern gothic miracle, A Good Man is Hard to Find, is that piece. Briefly, the story concerns a family (dad, mom, grandma, daughter, son, cat) who attempt to go on a vacation in their station wagon but get sidetracked and ultimately meet an escaped convict called The Misfit. The grandma is not the most sympathetic character but there is a lot to her.
Story: 10 of 10
It's my favorite ever.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Tremendous story to use with high school students. Very high interest because c'mon, it deals with a killer named The Misfit. Excellent opportunity to discuss foreshadowing, imagery (the dad's shirt... wow), symbolism, characterization, and most other story elements. The students will also relate to the story because most of them will have a relative as annoying as the grandma.