James Joyce's story "Araby" from his collection called "Dubliners" is a gem. It shows vividly how a boy's romantic idealism fares when it encounters an indifferent reality, but in a world that still cares about him. If you have your students read this story, also play for them Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," another truly evocative text about the heady magnificence (and blindness?!) of first or true love.
Reading scripts helps make our classes more student-centered. It engages them on a peer-to-peer basis, improves subsequent class discussions, while it gives you feedback on their reading and acting / dramatization skill levels. If you like having your students read scripts of the stories they read in the usual way, then look around my "shop" further and follow me at TPT. -- Thanks, John C.