Short Story Ideas For High School

by Loraine Walters
Created: 15.04.2019
Updated: 27.12.2019

List of 21 Short Story Ideas For High School

  1. It’s the first day of school and your character find a note on their locker door with a surprising message.
  2. Write a story from the perspective of an animal at the local shelter. What type of animal is your main character going to be? Will your character go home with a family, or make friends at the shelter? Discuss the animal’s experience and how the animal might be feeling.
  3. You and your best friend go to the local diner after school for a milkshake. Once you arrive, you stumble upon a mysterious note from your teacher. In your story, include what the note from the teacher says, and create a tale about what happens after the note is discovered.
  4. You are babysitting two kids after school, and it’s a spooky, stormy night. You hear a loud crash… and your story begins. Write about what happens throughout the evening, and create a story about your adventures as a responsible babysitter.
  5. You just received the biggest surprise of your life. What is the surprise? Do you love it or hate it? Write a story that clearly states what the surprise is, and how your character reacts to that surprise.
  6. You walk into the cafeteria one day for lunch, only to discover that your two best friends are in an argument. What is the argument about, and how are you going to help them solve it?
  7. Your character creates an invention that changes the way that the world works.
  8. Your character finds someone’s wallet on the street. They look inside and have to decide whether to return it or not.
  9. Your character finds their best friend crying.
  10. Your character gathers up the courage to ask their crush to dance, only to be surprised by the answer.
  11. Your character has a strange dream, that leaves them feeling restless and anxious.
  12. Your character has been invited to a friend’s house for a sleepover. Something feels eerie and mysterious about the home.
  13. Your character has the opportunity to be the teacher for the day, and make the rules themselves.
  14. Your character has the opportunity to go on the adventure of a lifetime. They have to choose between Italy, Hawaii or Thailand for their upcoming vacation.
  15. Your character heads out for a typical Friday night out with friends to see a movie, but nothing about the night goes according to plan.
  16. Your character is roasting marshmallows by the campfire when suddenly a family secret is revealed.
  17. Your character is spending the evening hanging out at home when suddenly a fond memory of a past time returns to them.
  18. Your character is walking down the street when a dog approaches them. They quickly realize that the dog has been abandoned, and take in the animal as their own.
  19. Your character makes a wish when blowing out their birthday candles, and it actually comes true.
  20. Your character wakes up with the ability to talk to the family pet.
  21. Your story begins with two students inside the school, a note from the principal and a fish bowl. You must incorporate all of these elements into your short story.

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