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    • 09/11/13
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    A Story, A Story

    This African folk tale explains how many African tales came to be known as “Spider stories.” In this tale, Ananse, the Spid…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Angel Child, Dragon Child

    During her first days at school in America, Ut experiences alienation and separation. Later, she finds understanding and acceptance. Wi…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Aunt Flossie's Hats

    Sarah and Susan are sisters who enjoy spending Sunday afternoons with their great-great Aunt Flossie. Aunt Flossie entertains her great…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Class President

    The election for class president of the 5th grade shapes up as a two-way race between Cricket and Lucas, but throughout the course of t…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Cows in the Parlor

    "Cows in the Parlor: A Visit to a Dairy Farm" is an expository article about the daily running of a dairy farm. Students learn about a …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Escape

    In this excerpt from Charlotte’ Web, Wilbur, a bored and lonely young pig, wants a little excitement. A friendly goose shows Wilb…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Four Dollars and Fifty Cents

    In this tall tale story, deadbeat Shorty Long has to avoid the people to whom he owes money. He tries to trick Widow Macrae out of $4.5…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Going West

    A typical day in the life of a 1840's pioneer began early in the morning and involved a great deal of hard work and persistence from ea…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Just Plain Fancy

    “Just Plain Fancy” is the story of a young Amish girl, Naomi, who longs to have something fancy in her life. But when an sh…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Koko's Kitten

    Koko’s Kitten is the story of Koko, a gorilla, who longs to have a kitten as her “baby." Koko is able to communicate her lo…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Leah's Pony

    This story takes place in the 1930s in the Great Plains region of the United States devastated by a great drought. Leah had been given …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Love as Strong as Ginger

    In this story, a young girl shares what it is like to spend time with her grandmother at her home and at her job at the crab chong wher…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Martha Helps the Rebel

    This play takes place in South Carolina in 1780 during the American Revolution, when a mother and her daughter are going about their da…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Medicine: Past and Present

    Major medical discoveries are detailed over time. Diverse individuals, using scientific methods and innovation, determined causes for d…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Messages by the Mile

    Scientists Dr. Roger Payne and Dr. Katherine Payne have discovered that the use of infrasonic sounds is a method of communication used …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    My Two Drawings

    As a child, the narrator describes how his magnificent career as an artist was ended at an early age by adults who lacked imagination, …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    Old Yeller and the Bear

    With Papa away on a cattle drive, fourteen-year-old Travis is in charge of looking after the family homestead on the Texas plains, mile…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
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    Oral History

    Before language was written, people from all over the world have recorded their family histories orally.  They have used storytell…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Roxaboxen

    In this realistic fiction story, young children’s powers of imagination create the town of Roxaboxen filled with houses, building…

    Grade 3

    • 09/11/14
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    Sewed Up His Heart

    Dr. Daniel Hale Williams must make the decision to perform a heart operation that could save a patient’s life but could also cond…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    The Bridge Dancers

    In this book, two sisters, Maisie and Callie, are faced with a challenging situation. Callie gets hurt while their mother is away and M…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    The Coming of the Long Knives

    After Bright Morning's tribe is commanded by the Long Knives (the United States soldiers) to leave the canyon that is their home, the t…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    The Go Around Dollar

    “The Go-Around Dollar” is a selection that combines two genres: realistic fiction and expository text. It provides an enter…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung

    This story is written from the perspective of Wong Ming-Chung, a young Chinese boy who traveled to America to join his uncle during the…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Marble Champ

    Even though Lupe Medrano is the top student at her school, she is a failure at sports until she tries her hand at marbles, so she pract…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Night Journey

    In this story, Rache is learning about the shocking history of her family through her Nana Sashie’s story about her family’…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Search

    Miguel went with his father and brothers on their annual sheep move in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, but some of the sheep got lost d…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Story of Jumping Mouse

    The Story of Jumping Mouse is a legend told by the Native Americans of the Great Plains. This is a tale of a compassionate, courageous …

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    The Voyage of the Mayflower

    The pilgrims from England traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of establishing a new colony in North America. The separatists or…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Toto

    A timid young boy and a curious elephant face challenges and help each other as they grow into adulthood in a small village near a game…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Uncle Jed's Barbershop

    Despite obstacles in his life such as a family illness and the Great Depression, Uncle Jed achieved his dream of opening a barbershop a…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    When Schlemiel Went to Warsaw

    Schlemiel is a lazy peasant from the town of Chelm with dreams of travelling. Taking a trip to Warsaw, he is tricked into retracing his…

    Grade 5