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    • 09/13/14
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    A Christmas Memory

    This semi-autobiographical text is set in the rural South during the Depression. The text focuses on Buddy’s recollection of the …

    Grades 9-10

    • 09/13/14
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    A Day's Wait

    The story’s narrator notices one morning that his nine-year-old son is ill. A doctor visits the home and notes that the boy&rsquo…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
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    Address to Congress

    Two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president.  In this s…

    Grades 9-10

    • 08/22/13
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    Amigo Brothers

    Seventeen-year-old best friends dream of becoming light-weight boxing champions of the world. They train together until they find out t…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
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    An American Story

    An American Story details the trials and perseverance of the Dinh Family’s immigration to the United States as refugees from war-…

    Grades 9-10

    • 09/13/14
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    Beware of the Dog

    Squadron Leader Peter Williamson, an English fighter pilot in World War II, has been injured and had to bail out over the English Chann…

    Grades 9-10

    • 09/29/14
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    Broken Chain

    In “Broken Chain,” Alfonso, a seventh grader, dislikes his appearance.  He meets a girl named Sandra, whom he admires,…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    Charles

    As the narrator sends her son Laurie off to kindergarten, she fears that her sweet child has become a “swaggering character.&rdqu…

    Grade 7

    • 09/29/14
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    Echo and Narcissus

    Echo is a nymph that likes to gossips so a spell is cast upon her to only reiterate things that she has heard. Her spell became the cau…

    Grade 7

    • 09/29/14
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    Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I is the biography of Queen Elizabeth who reigned in England for 45 years from 1558 to 1603. Milton Meltzer chronologically h…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
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    Everyday Use

    In this story, set in the 1960s, a mother tells about a visit from her daughter Dee, to the family’s rural Southern home. Dee has…

    Grades 9-10

    • 08/22/13
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    Flowers For Algernon

    A mentally challenged man is presented with an opportunity to have an operation that will triple his intelligence. The story chronicles…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman’s first journey to Canada on the Underground Railroad is fraught with danger, harsh conditions, and uncertainty. I…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    Heart and Hands

    Two men are handcuffed together board a train.  Miss Fairchild, a young and elegant woman, recognizes the younger of the two men, …

    Grade 7

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    In Trouble

    In this autobiographical text, Gary Paulson narrates experiences he had in the bitter cold of the North which taught him to respect all…

    Grade 8

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    Long Walk to Freedom

    In this essay, Mandela explains his shifting understandings of freedom based on different stages in his life. Mandela explain how his p…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
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    Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

    When a sudden and inexplicable force causes everything to stop working on Maple Street, the people there begin to wonder who or what is…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
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    Mrs. Flowers

    In Mrs. Flowers, an excerpt from the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the author, Maya Angelou, describes a significant e…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    Names/Nombres

    Julia Alvarez recalls her family’s early years as Dominican immigrants in America. She describes her reactions to the mispronunci…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    O Captain My Captain

    The poem describes the victorious homecoming of a ship. The Captain responsible for the safe return of his ship and crew has died befor…

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    Old Man at the Bridge

    War is happening in Spain and the civilians are asked to leave the war zone.  At the side of the road, the narrator, presumably a …

    Grades 9-10

    • 09/13/14
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    Oranges

    The poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto is about the bittersweet experience of a first date. They walk together to the drug store a…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    Paul Revere's Ride

    A narrator recounts the story of Paul Revere’s ride, which took place in Massachusetts on April 18, 1775.  On that night, Re…

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    Raymond's Run

    The story “Raymond’s Run” is told through the eyes of Hazel ‘Squeaky” Parker, who is the fastest runner i…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    Rice Sandwich

    The main character, Esperanza, desperately wants to eat in the lunchroom at school, with the other boys and girls who do not go home fo…

    Grade 7

    • 09/27/14
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    Ta-Na-E-Ka

    Mary Whitebird is about to turn eleven and take part in the Sioux coming of age tradition of Ta-Na-E-Ka. Literally translated as, &ldqu…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
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    Thank You Ma'm

    In this short story by Langston Hughes, a teenage boy named Roger wants a pair of blue suede shoes. He tries to snatch Mrs. Jones&rsquo…

    Grades 9-10

    • 09/13/14
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    The First Americans

    This speech, presented as an address in 1927 to the mayor of Chicago, William Hale Thompson, sought to reform the stereotypical image o…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    The Fog Horn

    Johnny, the narrator, and McDunn, the lighthouse keeper (Johnny’s boss), are working in a lighthouse on a November evening. McDun…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    The Highwayman

    The highwayman is an eighteenth century thief, who promises to return to his love Bess, the landlord’s daughter.  Tim is a s…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    The Landlady

    In this short story, a boy named Billy Weaver needs to find lodging in Bath, England. He goes to a boardinghouse. The landlady is an od…

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    The Monkey's Paw

    Using the supernatural powers of “The Monkey’s Paw”, the Whites make a wish for money, receive the money after their …

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    The Ransom of Red Chief

    Bill and Sam decide that the best way to finance their upcoming land swindle is to kidnap the child of a wealthy citizen and hold him f…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    The Secret

    “The Secret” tells the story of Henry Cooper, a reporter, returning for the second time to report on the colonies now exist…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    Three Skeleton Keys

    This horror story begins when three lighthouse keepers realize that a derelict ship heading for their tiny island is filled with thousa…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    Treasure of Lemon Brown

    Fourteen year-old Greg Ridley gets into an argument with his father over his bad grades and his father forbids him to play basketball. …

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    Weapons Of The Spirit

    This lesson consists of four short works by Albert Einstein. The works regard pre- and post-war topics. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2…

    Grades 9-10