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    • 09/19/14
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    14 Cows For America

    A Maasai man relates his 9/11 experiences with his African villagers.  After asking for permission from the elders, he offers his …

    Grade 2

    • 09/27/14
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    A Backwoods Boy

    Lincoln’s life was filled with many relationships, events, challenges and decisions that shaped him from boy to politician. Abrah…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
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    A Boy Called Slow

    Tradition in the Lakota Sioux involves giving a name to a child based on his actions, so a young child who moves slowly in all he does …

    Grade 5

    • 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

    • 09/06/13
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    A Day's Work

    After his grandfather comes to America from Mexico, Francisco helps him find work. Francisco finds his grandfather work as a gardener e…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    A Guide to Basketball

    The article gives factual information about the when, where and how the game of basketball began and how it is played. (Houghton Miffli…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
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    A Kind of Grace

    In Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s autobiography, she writes of the challenges she faced early on while becoming a track and field athlete…

    Grade 6

    • 09/13/14
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    A Letter to Harriet Tubman

    In response to Harriet Tubman’s request for a letter of commendation, Fredrick Douglas wrote a testimony of her character, hard w…

    Grade 8

    • 09/06/13
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    A Mr. Rubbish Mood

    Judy Moody is on a mission to save the rain forest. Not only has she chosen to make this her mission, she is also determined to make it…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    A Package for Mrs. Jewls

    While cleaning the schoolyard, Louis accepts a package for Mrs. Jewls. It is very large and heavy, but he carries it up 30 flights of s…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    A Pen Pal for Max

    This realistic fiction story is about a young boy, Max, who is growing up on a large fruit farm in Chile and how he wants to find a fri…

    Grade 3

    • 06/27/14
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    A Seed is Sleepy

    This informational text by Dianna Hutts Aston uses personification to demonstrate the complex and adaptive life of a seed, offering ric…

    Grade 2

    • 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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    A Symphony of Whales

    Glashka uses her innate connection and intuition with nature to help bring together the community in hopes of trying to save the lives …

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
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    A Tree is Growing

    This informational text describes the ways in which trees are made up of many important parts that grow and change. (Houghton Mifflin H…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    A Very Important Day

    In this story, several different families from other countries prepare to become US citizens. Characters from different cultures share …

    Grade 4

    • 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

    • 05/12/17
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    African Savanna

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4, 6–8

    • 09/21/16
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    Alexander the Great

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 6

    • 08/15/15
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    All Eyes on the Moon

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4

    • 09/13/14
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    All Summer in a Day

    “All Summer in A Day” takes place on the planet Venus in a future world where people have come to set up a civilization. &n…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
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    Allie's Basketball Dream

    Allie has a new basketball. She has a hard time finding someone to play with her because they believe basketball is a boys’ game.…

    Grade 3

    • 03/21/17
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    Amazing Grace

    In the story, Grace wants to try out for the lead role of Peter Pan.  Classmates discourage Grace by saying that Peter Pan was not…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
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    Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

    Pilot Amelia Earhart and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt are good friends and one night, after dinner at the White House, Amelia then offe…

    Grade 4

    • 09/19/14
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    Amelia Bedelia

    Amelia Bedelia is a literal-minded but charming housekeeper who confounds her employers, the Rogers, by following their list of things …

    Grade 1

    • 10/23/14
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    American Slave, American Hero

    The Lewis and Clark expedition explored unmapped territory from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean from 1804-1806. The expedition …

    Grade 5

    • 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 Childhood

    Seven-year old Annie Dillard enjoys playing football with the boys in her neighborhood because it requires her to play with concentrati…

    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

    • 09/06/13
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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

    • 09/21/16
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    Animal Adaptations

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades K–4

    • 02/17/16
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    Animal Protection

    This research pack: Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies heavily on bo…

    Grade 1

    • 09/13/14
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    Annabel Lee

    This is a poem about love that Poe has written in memory of his wife, whom he calls Annabel Lee. Annabel Lee and the narrator were so i…

    Grade 7

    • 09/14/14
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    Antarctic Ice

    The story explains the life of animals that live in Antarctica.  The author describes life for the animals as they wait for summer…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
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    Anthony Reynoso

    Nine-year old Anthony is proud of his history, culture, and family tradition of Mexican rodeo-style roping and riding. He also enjoys v…

    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

    • 09/06/13
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    Author, A True Story

    The author, Helen Lester, traces her writing career from the age of three to adulthood. She shares her struggles with writing in elemen…

    Grade 3

    • 08/15/15
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    Bacteria and Viruses

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/06/13
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    Balto

    Diphtheria has broken out in Nome, Alaska. Teams of sled dogs carry medicine 800 miles over snow and ice to prevent an epidemic. Everyo…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Barrio Boy

    In this excerpt from Galarza’s memoir he recants his experiences in a new school in a new country, the United States. He describe…

    Grade 7

    • 09/19/14
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    Bats

    This informative book by Gail Gibbons offers an intriguing look at some of the many different kinds of bats, their amazing abilities, a…

    Grade K

    • 10/30/14
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    Bear Boy

    In The Bear Boy, a man neglects his son and does not teach him the ways of Pueblo life and how to transition into manhood. One day, the…

    Grade 7

    • 09/06/13
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    Beauty and The Beast

    A Prince must find a girl who will love him, in spite of his frightening curse. (McGraw-Hill Imagine It!, 2008) This lesson was create…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Beethoven Lives Upstairs

    This story, set in 1820s Austria, is a series of letters written between a young boy, Christoph, who lives in Vienna and his uncle, a m…

    Grade 6

    • 09/22/14
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    Beneath Blue Waters

    Beneath Blue Waters comes from the trade book with the same title.  It focuses on the layers of the ocean.  This selection ta…

    Grade 6

    • 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

    • 05/12/17
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    Big Cats

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4

    • 02/17/16
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    Biodiversity

    This research pack: Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies heavily on bo…

    Grade 2

    • 08/22/13
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    Blue Willow

    Janey’s father is an immigrant worker and this forces Janey and her family to move around every few months, but Janey finds a fri…

    Grade 4

    • 09/21/16
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    Body Systems

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–3

    • 09/06/13
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    Boom Town

    A family moves into an unpopulated area. With the ingenuity of one young girl, a town is established and grows. The idea of supply and …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Born Worker

    José feels he is destined to a life filled with physical labor. Both of his parents work hard. His mother works at a sewing mach…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    Boss Of the Plains

    This biography relates the life of John Batterson Stetson as a hatting apprentice until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and decided …

    Grade 4

    • 09/21/16
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    Breathing Deep

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 6–8

    • 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

    • 09/14/14
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    By the Shores of Silver Lake

    Laura Ingalls and her family are traveling by train to meet her father in Tracy.  This story describes their first train ride as t…

    Grade 4

    • 09/30/14
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    By the Waters of Babylon

    John is the son of a priest in a futuristic society where social class and rules are paramount. Knowledge is vital to John, and he inve…

    Grades 9–10

    • 06/27/14
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    Cactus Hotel

    This informational text by Brenda Z. Guiberson chronicles more than a century in the life of a saguaro cactus and shows how water and s…

    Grade K

    • 08/22/13
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    Carlos and the Skunk

    In this story, Carlos and Gloria have been friends since they were young, and Carlos begins to develop feelings for Gloria, so he decid…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
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    Cendrillion

    In this Caribbean Cinderella story, Cendrillon is treated as a servant by her step-mother and half-sister. Nannin, the godmother, uses …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
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    Centerfield Ballhawk

    Young Jose’ Mendez is a terrific centerfielder but a weak hitter. Jose’ wants his father to be proud of him. When his fathe…

    Grade 3

    • 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

    • 06/30/14
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    Charlotte's Web

    In this literary text by E.B. White, Wilbur, a farm pig, is saved as a little runt by an adoring young girl, Fern. As Fern grows older …

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
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    Checkouts

    The main character is unhappy about her family’s move to Cincinnati and spends most of her time in her room, miserable. Then one …

    Grade 8

    • 09/21/16
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    Choctaw Indians

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 4

    • 04/04/17
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    Chrysanthemum

    The text is about a mouse named Chrysanthemum who learns, with the help of her teacher, to love her name and appreciate it for its uniq…

    Grade K

    • 09/22/14
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    Chuck Close Up Close

    Chuck Close is an American artist who overcomes many obstacles in his life, both unexpected and self-induced.  He overcame his fir…

    Grade 6

    • 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

    • 09/14/14
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    Cliffhanger

    In this story, Dag and his son Axel are at their climbing school in the Teton Mountains when the family dog, Grits, is stranded on Cath…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
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    Climb or Die

    In this story, after their car crashes in a blizzard and their parents are injured, Danielle and Jake must climb to a weather station n…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
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    Cocoa Ice

    "Cocoa Ice" is set in the early 1800s and describes the exchange that occurs when a trading ship from Maine travels to the Caribbean vi…

    Grade 3

    • 09/15/13
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    Colorin Colorado

    The Colorin Colorado website provides resources for educators, administrators and families of English Language Learners (ELLs). It incl…

    Grades K–12

    • 04/04/16
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    Columbus

    This resource is created by New Schools for New Orleans.  All resources created by this organization may be found here. Each text…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/19/14
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    Commotion in the Ocean

    This is an illustrated collection of silly verses and rhymes that describe marine life creatures living in and around the ocean.  …

    Grade K

    • 09/06/13
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    Cook-A-Doodle-Doo

    In this work of fiction, Rooster and his eager friends set out to make strawberry shortcake, a recipe from Little Red Hen’s cookb…

    Grade 3

    • 04/04/16
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    Coral Reefs

    This resource is created by New Schools for New Orleans.  All resources created by this organization may be found here. Each text…

    Grades 9–10

    • 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

    • 10/28/14
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    Crow Call

    An absentee father takes his daughter on a hunting trip. The experience leads them to discover that that they are not strangers after a…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
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    Dancing Rainbows

    Curt, a young Tewa Indian, and his grandfather, Andy, prepare for Feast Day. They enjoy the good food, beautiful dances, colorful costu…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Danitra Brown Leaves Town

    “Danitra Brown Leaves Town” is a series of poems about two young city girls, Danitra and Zuri, who are best friends, and Da…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Davy Crockett Saves the World

    In this tall tale, Davy Crockett lives in the woods where he combs his hair with a rake and shaves his beard with an ax, but Halley&rsq…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
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    Dear Juno

    Juno receives a letter from his grandmother who lives in Seoul, Korea. Even though he cannot read the Korean-language text, she is able…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
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    Dear Mrs. LaRue

    Mrs. LaRue sends her dog, Ike, to obedience school because of a series of inappropriate behaviors that he displays toward everyone. Ike…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Dear Mrs. Parks

    Mrs. Parks gives advice to students on a variety of issues by answering some of the letters she has received over her lifetime. She emb…

    Grade 5

    • 08/15/15
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    Desert Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 5–7

    • 02/17/16
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    Did a Dino Drink This Water?

    The author explains the complete water cycle and also discusses ocean currents, ocean and lake habitats, and hydroelectricity. He also …

    Grade 3

    • 03/21/17
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    Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

    Diego Rivera studied art abroad in Spain and France and then returned to his home country, Mexico, where he painted murals representing…

    Grade K

    • 03/20/17
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    Dirt with Companion Text Set

    This book provides a lot of facts about soil. It describes how soil is made and the different layers that compose the soil’s stru…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
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    Donovan's Word Jar

    Donovan asks his grandmother for advice as to what he should do with his collection of words in a jar, and she shows Donovan how he can…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    Dragons and Dinosaurs

    Since ancient times, people have used bones and fossils to imagine what animals that lived in the past were like. When scientists and p…

    Grade 4

    • 10/29/14
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    Drive-In Movies

    In the Drive-In Movies, young Gary Soto wants his mother to take him and his siblings to the drive-in movies, a special treat.  Hi…

    Grade 6

    • 03/22/17
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    Duck for President

    Duck is unhappy with the work he is responsible for doing on the farm. He decides to run for farmer and wins the election. He goes on t…

    Grade 1

    • 09/14/14
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    Earthquake Terror

    This is the story of how 12-year-old Jonathan protects his younger sister, Abby, during an earthquake.  Jonathan, Abby, and their …

    Grade 5

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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    Elena

    During the Mexican Revolution, a heroic mother, Elena, struggles to protect her family after her husband dies from an accident, and she…

    Grade 5

    • 02/17/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Elena's Serenade

    Who ever heard of a girl glassblower? In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called El…

    Grade 3

    • 07/29/13
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    Eleven

    Rachel wakes up on her eleventh birthday feeling as if she’s still ten—and nine, and eight, and all the ages that came befo…

    Grade 6

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Emerald's Egg

    This informational narrative in the form of a play is about a group of fourth grade students who volunteer to work with rangers on Padr…

    Grade 4

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Endangered Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 5

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Entrepreneurship

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Everglades

    As five children travel through the Florida Everglades by canoe, their guide tells them about the evolution of the landscape and life f…

    Grade 5

    • 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

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Exploding Ants

    Exploding Ants is an expository non-fiction text that explains how animals adapt to survive in their environment. (Pearson Reading Stre…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Eye of the Storm

    This book describes how storm chaser Warren Faidley finds storms and photographs them, as well as how he makes a living off his photogr…

    Grade 5

    • 10/28/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Federalist Papers No.10

    Includes: Primary source text arguing for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution Text-dependent questions Academic vocabulary l…

    Grade 12

    • 09/19/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Feel The Wind

    We can’t see air moving, though we can watch it push clouds across the sky, or shake the leaves of a tree. We call moving air the…

    Grade K

    • 09/14/14
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    Finding the Titanic

    Robert Ballard describes how he and his team discovered the Titanic in 1985.  Through a flashback to the story of 12-year old Ruth…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Fire!

    In this text, students learn about the daily role of a firefighter and the importance of firefighters in communities past and present. …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
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    Firestorm

    When Axel and his family take a rafting trip down the swift Salmon River, they sense little risk when smoke appears in the quiet, dry w…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
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    First Day Jitters

    Sarah is nervous about starting a new school and shows it by trying to stay in bed and saying she’s too sick to go to school. The…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/23/13
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    Fluency Chart

    Quick reference chart helps teachers identify readers who need fluency support, set goals, and track progress.

    Grades 1–8

    • 02/17/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Fly Eagle Fly

    After a stormy night, a farmer searching for his lost calf finds a baby eagle that has been blown out of its nest. He takes it home and…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Folk Tales From Asia

    These tales, from Vietnam, Thailand, and China, all demonstrate how it takes the strengths of many to accomplish goals and make a diffe…

    Grade 5

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    For You Are a Kenyan Child

    This literary text by Kelly Cunnane tells the story of a Kenyan child who is easily distracted from his daily work and has forgotten hi…

    Grade K

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Fossils

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Franklin R. Chang-Diaz

    Franklin R. Chang-Diaz is an immigrant from Costa Rica who began thinking about space at age seven when the Soviet Union launched the f…

    Grade 6

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Freddy the Frogcaster

    This is a narrative-structured text in which a young frog is fascinated with weather, including watching weather clues and following th…

    Grade 1

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Frogs

    This non-fiction text provides interesting and amazing facts and information about different species of frogs around the world.  T…

    Grade 2

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    From Ellis Island and I

    In this personal essay by Isaac Asimov, the author relates his journey of becoming a science fiction writer.  Asimov explains disc…

    Grade 8

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    From Seed to Plant

    From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons is an informational text on the life cycle of plants and how the plants are used. This informational…

    Grade K

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Gertrude Ederle

    In this story Gertrude Ederle overcomes obstacles, both physical and social, in order to prevail at her lifelong dream of being the fir…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Ghost Towns of the American West

    This text depicts how the Westward Expansion left a lasting impact on America. The massive migration of people to the American West dur…

    Grade 5

    • 09/19/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Gilberto and The Wind

    In this piece of fiction, a boy named Gilberto makes Wind his playmate. Along the way, Gilberto discovers that the wind can be an unpre…

    Grade K

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Gloria Estefan

    Along with her worldwide musical fame, Gloria Estefan also experienced tragedy, but continued to help others in unfortunate situations.…

    Grade 4

    • 09/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Glory and Hope

    Nelson Mandela’s speech (1994) was given to celebrate the first free election and the new policy of majority rule in South Africa…

    Grades 9–10

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Goin' Someplace Special

    Tricia Ann begs her grandmother to be allowed to go to Someplace Special all on her own, and reluctantly, her grandmother agrees, telli…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/10/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong

    In this story, Jangmi moves from her home in Korea to a new home in the United States. At first she is sad about leaving behind her fri…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Grandfather's Journey

    As a young man tells the story of his grandfather’s journey from Japan to the United States he reveals that the two actually have…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Half Chicken

    The folktale “Half-Chicken” is about a chicken hatched with only half a body, one leg, one wing, one eye, and only half as …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Happy Birthday Dr. King

    When ten-year old Jamal’s grandfather hears that the boy is in trouble for fighting to sit in the back of the bus, he tells Jamal…

    Grade 4

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Harlem Renaissance

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Harlem Renaissance Artists

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Harriet Tubman

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

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Harrison Bergeron

    In “Harrison Bergeron,” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. uses irony to illustrate how enforcing absolute equality would require a ridicul…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hatchet

    In this excerpt, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson overcomes the initial hurdles of survival in the Canadian wilderness.  As he ward…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hattie's Birthday Box

    Seventy-four years ago, Spencer gave his sister Hattie a wooden box as a wedding gift, and though it was empty, told her there was some…

    Grade 5

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Heat Wave!

    A fantastic heat wave hits a Kansas farm, roasting the geese, popping the corn in the fields, and causing other distressing events. The…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Helen On 86th Street

    In Wendi Kaufman's story, Vita, the narrator, lives in an apartment with her single mother. She deeply misses her father who left them,…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Here's My Dollar

    Angel Arrellano, a nine-year-old girl from Fresno, CA. spearheaded a campaign to raise money to be donated to the local zoo. Her enthus…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life

    Hewitt is quite extraordinary--though he is a son of giants, he is small in stature, yet quite adept at taking care of himself and, wor…

    Grade 4

    • 08/16/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    History of Toys

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 09/19/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Home Grown Butterflies

    This nonfiction piece tells about Barbara del Colorado, a village in Costa Rica. People needed a way to make money; a scientist suggest…

    Grade 3

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Homes

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Houdini's Box

    Victor, a 10-year-old boy, is fascinated with Harry Houdini’s magic tricks. On the date of the visit, Mrs. Houdini tells Victor t…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    How Animals Talk

    “How Animals Talk” is an informational, nonfiction selection describing how various animals communicate or send messages. A…

    Grade 3

    • 09/19/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    How My Family Lives in America

    This informational text follows three young children from New York City. These children, Sanu, Eric, and April, have one or both parent…

    Grade K

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    How to Babysit an Orangutan

    In this nonfiction text, orphaned orangutans are cared for and raised at Camp Leakey on the island of Borneo, including the skills the …

    Grade 4

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    How to Bicycle to the Moon

    In this literary text by Mordicai Gerstein, a young boy creates a plan to travel to the moon on his bicycle in order to plant sunflower…

    Grade 1

    • 08/13/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Human Body, Five Senses

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades K–1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Hurricanes

    This nonfiction story presents facts and details about how and where hurricanes are formed, the ways in which people are warned of hurr…

    Grade 5

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    I am a Native of North America

    In this reflective essay, Chief Dan George compares his native North American culture with that of white culture and expresses his view…

    Grade 7

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    I Love Saturdays y Domingos

    Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the young girl in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come fr…

    Grade 3

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Icky Insects

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Iditarod Dream

    Dusty Whittemore faces several challenges and below-freezing weather during the Junior Iditarod race in Alaska. Two tangles, a snowmobi…

    Grade 5

    • 03/22/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    If You Could Go to Antarctica

    This text takes students on an imaginary journey to Antarctica, introducing them to some of the animals and plants they  might enc…

    Grade K

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    If You Made a Million

    This text explains the nuts and bolts of how different types of coins, bills, and checks; how they are connected; and how your dollars …

    Grade 3

    • 04/04/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Immunizations

    This resource is created by New Schools for New Orleans.  All resources created by this organization may be found here. Each text…

    Grades 9–10

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    In the Days of King Adobe

    A poor but generous old woman gives two roguish travelers a night’s lodging and a dinner that includes slices of her treasured ha…

    Grade 4

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 05/12/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Insects and Bugs

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Inside Out

    In this story, Francisco comes from Mexico to a new school, and he has difficulty understanding the English language and communicating …

    Grade 5

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Inventors

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resourc…

    Grades 4–6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    It Takes Talent

    When the student’s teacher announces that the school will be holding a talent show, the students are all very excited, with the e…

    Grade 5

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jabberwocky

    Jabberwocky is an epic poem told through nonsense words. The poem relates a father’s quest for his son that involves the slaying …

    Grade 7

    • 06/25/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jackrabbit

    This poem by Byrd Baylor conveys physical traits and characteristics that help a jackrabbit survive.

    Grade K

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jalapeño Bagels

    "Jalapeño Bagels" is a story about a young bi-cultural boy named Pablo on a search to find a dish to bring to school for Interna…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    James Forten

    James Forten, a free African American in Philadelphia, joins the United States’ fight for freedom on the high sea. After the Revo…

    Grade 5

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Japan

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    John Henry

    John Henry competes against a steam drill in driving steel and proudly claims that he would sooner die than let a steam drill beat him.…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    John Muir and Stickeen

    In the beginning of the story, John Muir doesn’t want to be bothered by a dog and is irritated that Stickeen is even with him muc…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Journey to the Moon

    “Journey to the Moon” reflects a huge achievement of landing men on the moon. In 1969, three astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Bu…

    Grade 3

    • 09/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Jump

    In this story, Michael Jordan is a very active child. His family helps him to channel his energy into positive activities and eventuall…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    K9 Police Dogs

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain

    In 1934, 12-year-old Kai travels alone by steamship from China to Gold Mountain (United States) to live with his father. When Kai arriv…

    Grade 4

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Keep Memory Alive

    In this excerpt from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Elie Wiesel reminds the audience of the “urgent importance of the H…

    Grades 9–10

    • 02/17/16
    • 4 FILES  icon-file

    Keeping Earth Healthy

    This research pack: Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies heavily on bo…

    Grade K

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Klondike Kate

    At a time when it was unusual for women to travel alone to Alaska, Kate Ryan leaves her home in Canada and travels to the Alaskan front…

    Grade 5

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Knots in My Yo-Yo String

    This autobiographical piece tells what a neat, tidy rule-follower this author was in his youth.  Once he was unfairly given a dete…

    Grade 7

    • 09/19/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Knots on a Counting Rope

    Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses and his grandfather reminisce about the young boy’s birth, his first horse, and an exciting horse rac…

    Grade 2

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    La Bamba

    Manuel, a fifth grader, feels average and lacks confidence in himself. He has doubts about volunteering for the elementary school talen…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lamb To the Slaughter

    Mary Maloney's husband Patrick tells his wife that that he is leaving her, and shocked beyond reply, she grabs a large leg of lamb from…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Last Summer with Maizon

    One definition of a protagonist is a character that goes through change.  And part of the definition is that the antagonist is the…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lemons and Lemonade

    This selection is a narrative nonfiction story about supply and demand.  It gives readers information about the basics of starting…

    Grade 3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Life Doesn't Frighten Me

    This poem, written in a voice of a child, addresses the fears a child faces when starting at a new school and/or being placed in a new …

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Life On the Ice

    In this nonfiction story, readers learn how and why scientists brave the extreme conditions of both poles in order to do research that …

    Grade 3

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Life Without Gravity

    "Life Without Gravity," a nonfiction selection, is designed to help students become familiar with the characteristics of an expository …

    Grade 7

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lincoln's Assassination

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 10–12

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Line Drive

    This autobiography takes place in the 1960’s, when girls were not allowed to play on boys’ baseball teams, so even though T…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Little Grunt and the Big Egg

    Life in the Grunt tribe changes when a baby dinosaur hatches from the huge egg that Little Grunt drags home for brunch. (Houghton Miffl…

    Grade 3

    • 02/17/16
    • 5 FILES  icon-file

    Living in Groups

    This research pack focuses on: Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies he…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lob's Girl

    In the short story "Lob’s Girl," a girl, Sandy, and her dog, Lob, create an emotional bond that provides the will to survive. The…

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Lon Po Po

    This is the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood.  In the story, the mother leaves 3 children home alone as she goes to visit…

    Grade 3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson begins with the grandfather sharing the historical underpinnings of the blues, including a brief history of the African…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mariah Keeps Cool

    With the help of her friends and family, Mariah plans a surprise party for her sister Lynn. After many close calls, the party is succes…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Martin's Big Words

    This award winning, beautifully illustrated picture book biography introduces children to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. He grew …

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Maya Lin: Architect of Memory

    This is an informational article about a woman named Maya Lin who has designed monuments around the country honoring historic events. (…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mimicry and Camouflage

    This expository nonfiction text is about how living things have adapted traits of mimicry or camouflage to either fool or attract prey …

    Grade 4

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mom's Best Friend

    Leslie and her family learn to adjust to life without their mother when she is away training her new dog guide, Ursula, after the passi…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mongoose On The Loose

    This article examines what happens when a sugar planter tries to save his sugar crops by importing a few mongooses to eat the rats. (Pr…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mountains

    In this informational text the author describes mountains in different parts of the world. He tells about the effects of erosion on mou…

    Grade 4

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Muscles

    Each : text set Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources (i.e…

    Grades 2–3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Brother Martin

    In the memoir, Martin’s big sister Christine tells how they grew up during a time when blacks and whites lived separately. Martin…

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Diary from Here to There

    This personal narrative introduces the genre of a diary to the students.  “My Diary from Here to There,” takes the rea…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Great Grandmother's Gourd

    In this story, the people of Fatima’s village found a new way of living that replaced old traditions, but despite ridicule, her g…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Name is Maria Isabel

    More than one Maria in class causes Maria Isabel to worry for weeks about not being in the pageant, when the teacher confuses their nam…

    Grade 4

    • 10/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Papa Mark Twain

    In My Papa, Mark Twain, Suzy Clemens, at thirteen years old, wrote a biography of her famous father, author Mark Twain.  Through d…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Rows and Piles of Coins

    This is a story about Saruni, a young boy, and his family, who are both consumers and sellers in a market in Tanzania. There are many e…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    My Side of the Mountain

    Sam Gribley has been living alone in the woods all summer, but fall has arrived and the fear of winter has forced Sam to think of new w…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Mystic Horse

    In this legend, the author uses the struggles of a poverty stricken boy and his grandmother to show how even in their trials, the decis…

    Grade 4

    • 09/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Nadia the Willful

    A young Bedouin girl has earned the nickname Nadia the Willful because of her quick temper. Her brother, Hamed, is the only one who can…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Names/Nombres

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

    Grade 7

    • 07/29/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Names/Nombres

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

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Nate The Great

    Detective Nate the Great searches San Francisco for a lost joke book. He discovers that the wrong place can be the best place to look f…

    Grade 3

    • 02/17/16
    • 5 FILES  icon-file

    Natural Disasters

    This research pack: Centers on a single topic (i.e., keeping Earth healthy, biodiversity, living in groups) and relies heavily on bo…

    Grade 4

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Navajo Code Talkers

    This lesson was initially created through the Basal Alignment Project and was then further developed by the 4th grade team from Pleasan…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Oceans

    This excerpt describes how oceans work: the relationship between the phases of the moon and tides, and the dangers of deadly tidal wave…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Officer Buckle and Gloria

    Police Officer Buckle gives safety speeches that no one listens to until a police dog, Gloria, joins him. Because Gloria acts out the s…

    Grade 3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    On Summer

    Lorraine Hansberry uses elements of narrative, and persuasive and reflective essays to highlight memorable moments in her life where sh…

    Grades 9–10

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    On The Same Day in March

    This informational text by Gail Marilyn Singer displays the lives of local people and wildlife on the same day in March, from the Arcti…

    Grade K

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    One Grain of Rice

    A raja decrees that the villagers must give most of the rice they harvest to him. He promises to store it safely and distribute it in t…

    Grade 4

    • 09/19/14
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    One Hen with Companion Text Set

    This is a story of how changes happen in the world, one person, one family, one community at a time. The story takes place in Ghana, We…

    Grade 1

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    One Million Volumes

    In this speech, Rudolfo Anaya celebrates the purchase of the 1 millionth library volume by the University of New Mexico.  He begin…

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts

    The main character, Mr. Johnson, embarks upon quite the opposite of an ordinary day. This day he spends as a do-gooder, wandering the s…

    Grade 7

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    One Small Place in a Tree

    This expository nonfiction text is about how an oak tree may become vulnerable to disease from its bark being damaged by a bear clawing…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Oral History

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

    Grade 3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Our Solar System

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Our Solar System

    This informational text by Seymour Simon discusses the composition and functions of the sun, along with its role in regulating life on …

    Grade 2

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Our Song

    The story tells us about Josie’s relationship with her great-great-grandma. Josie and her family return to their homeland of Sene…

    Grade 5

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Out There

    Although Danny is a young adult of only 17, he is fully capable of taking his father’s boat out to sea to fish. While out on a so…

    Grade 6

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Overdoing It

    When the land surveyor, Gleb Smirnov, arrives in the Gnilushka train station, he hires a peasant to take him to the estate that he must…

    Grade 6

    • 06/25/14
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    Owl Moon with Companion Text Set

    In this literary text by Jane Yolen, a girl and her father go owling for the first time. Along the way they encounter a great horned ow…

    Grade 1

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Papa's Parrot

    Harry Tillian’s father owns a candy and nut shop. Harry used to visit the shop with his friends every day, but his priorities cha…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Passage to Freedom

    The family of a Japanese diplomat, Mr. Sugihara, living in Lithuania in 1940, is confronted by Jewish refugees asking for Japanese visa…

    Grade 5

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Pedro Puts on a Play

    Pedro’s teacher gives a weekend homework assignment that is supposed to be fun for everyone, but Pedro is worried that he doesn&r…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Penguin Chick

    In this nonfiction selection, an Emperor penguin lays an egg in the bitter cold of Antarctica. The penguin parents battle the harsh env…

    Grade 3

    • 03/01/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Penguins Close-up

    This book contains basic facts about penguins including their habitats, their predators, and physical features. It also gives detailed …

    Grade 1

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Pepita Talks Twice

    Pepita stops speaking Spanish because she is tired of being the neighborhood translator. However, when a disaster nearly occurs, Pepita…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Pioneer Girl

    “Pioneer Girl” relates the real-life experiences of the McCance family, Nebraska homesteaders in 1885, combining narrative …

    Grade 5

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Poetry Collection 1

    Lesson guides for Cat!, Silver and Your World. (Prentice Hall Literature, 2010) This lesson was created as part of the Anthology …

    Grade 8

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Poetry Collection 3

    Lesson guides for Concrete, Harlem Night Song and The City is So Big. (Prentice Hall Literature, 2010) This lesson was created as par…

    Grade 8

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Poetry Collection 5

    Lesson guides for Old Man, Runagate Runagate and Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind. (Prentice Hall Literature, 2010) This lesson was create…

    Grade 8

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Poisonous Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 3–5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Poppa's New Pants

    Poppa buys himself some new pants that need hemming. The women of his family are too tired to hem the pants before church the following…

    Grade 3

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Properties of Matter

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Raising Dragons

    A young girl raises a dragon on her family’s farm. The young girl takes the dragon to Dragon Island, but returns to the farm with…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Ranita the Frog Princess

    In this play, a young princess’ refusal to help an elderly woman resulted in her being cursed to live like a frog for many years,…

    Grade 4

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Real Story of a Cowboy's Life

    “The Real Story of a Cowboy’s Life” describes a cattle drive from the perspective of real cowboys who rode on one. (P…

    Grade 7

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Real Zombies in Real Life

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 5–6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Red Kayak

    In this excerpt, Brady and his friends don’t demonstrate good judgment when they choose not to warn Mrs. DiAngelo early that morn…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Red Riding Hood

    In this play, Red Writing Hood does not like the way her fairy tale ends, so she decides to change the events of her own fairy tale by …

    Grade 4

    • 05/12/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Renewable Energy

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 10–12

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rikki Tikki Tavi

    A mongoose, Rikki-tikki-tavi, comes to live with an English family in their bungalow in colonial India. Two cobras—Nag and Nagain…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Roadrunner's Dance

    A Rattlesnake proclaims that he is king of the road, and he terrorizes villagers and refuses to let them pass on the road. The villager…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rocks In His Head

    As a child, the author’s father was fascinated by rocks.This interest consumed the young boy as he collected them in all of his s…

    Grade 3

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rope Burn

    Richard moves to a new town and has to make new friends and face the challenge of climbing the rope in gym class. He makes a friend in …

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story

    Rosie is a Tibetan terrier whose friendly nature makes her a perfect visiting dog. After a lot of training, she brings comfort to peopl…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Roxaboxen

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

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Rugby and Rosie

    In this story, a boy has a dog named Rugby with whom he is great friends. One day a puppy named Rosie joins the family. Rugby does not …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Salmon Summer

    Like his Aleut ancestors, Alex continues the tradition of catching salmon, during their spawning at Kodiak Island in Alaska, to feed fa…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Sarah Cynthia

    A young girl, Sarah Stout, despite her father’s request, chooses not to take out the garbage, and soon realizes that there are se…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Satchel Paige

    An African American named Leroy ʺSatchelʺ Paige was one of the greatest baseball pitchers that ever lived, but baseball was a segregate…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Satchmo’s Blues

    Young Louis Armstrong, “Satchmo,” longs to play the horn, but his family has no money for such things.  He was inspire…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Saving The Sand Dunes

    This nonfiction text discusses how a fourth grade class at Union Avenue School worked hard to protect the New Jersey shoreline by plant…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Schools Around The World

    This informational, nonfiction selection describes how schools are different in various parts of the world and includes “amazing …

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Seal Surfer

    Ben goes to the beach and watches a seal being born. Over the next few seasons, Ben develops a special bond with this seal, a bond that…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Seeing Earth From Space

    The ability to see Earth from space helps scientists to understand both how the planet works and how human activities are affecting the…

    Grade 5

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Seeker of Knowledge

    The author describes the life of Jean-Francois Champollion. This selection uses text and graphics together as a vehicle to deepen the r…

    Grade 4

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Seventh Grade

    On the first day of seventh grade, Victor and his friend Michael try to hide their insecurities and impress the girls in their class. &…

    Grade 7

    • 09/11/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Shiloh

    This story is an excerpt from a novel. It is about a boy named Marty who wants to save a runaway dog from being abused. He brings the d…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Shutting Out the Sky

    This excerpt focuses on a sixteen year old boy, Marcus Ravage, who travels to America (New York) from Romania. He hopes to become rich …

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Since Hanna Moved Away

    This poem describes the feelings of a girl whose best friend, Hanna, has moved away. The little girl feels that nothing will be the sam…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Sing to the Stars

    Ephram loves to play the violin, and when he discovers that a blind neighbor was once a musician, but stopped playing the piano due to …

    Grade 4

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Sir Gawin and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a legend about King Arthur’s court and the Knights of the Round Table. During a New Years cele…

    Grade 7

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Sit In

    Four young black men stand up against segregation by participating in a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. Their actions in…

    Grade 2

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Skylark

    In this story, a family struggles on a prairie farm during a drought. They are forced to make a painful choice when their water soon ru…

    Grade 4

    • 03/01/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Snow School

    Two snow leopard cubs learn many lessons about survival from their mother as they prepare for life on their own.

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Snowflake Bentley

    This biography details the life of Wilson Bentley, a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order…

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    So You Want to be an Inventor

    This informational text details traits and characteristics that different inventors throughout history have demonstrated and how those …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Spiders and Their Webs

    The informational text includes text features, such as photographs and captions, to give an overview of information about spiders and t…

    Grade 3

    • 06/27/14
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    Spiders with Companion Text Set

    This informational text by Gail Gibbons gives facts and examples of spiders and what they do to catch insects to eat. To facilitate th…

    Grade 1

    • 10/21/13
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    Stalagmite Trio Mini-assessment

    Includes two texts and one video, thirteen text-dependent questions, including one constructed-response writing prompt, and explanatory…

    Grade 11

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    States of Matter

    Each expert pack:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resour…

    Grades 6–8

    • 09/21/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Statue of Liberty

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Stealing Home

    Thomas and his Grandfather share a small house with, their cat and pet duck. One day Thomas’s great-aunt Linzy comes to stay for …

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Stone Soup

    This folktale is about three monks who visit a village filled with unhappy people. The villagers do not welcome the monks, so the three…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Storm in the Night

    “Storm in the Night” is a realistic fiction story that looks at the relationship between a grandfather and grandson.  …

    Grade 3

    • 10/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Stray

    Mr. and Mrs. Lacey and their daughter, Doris, are stranded at home following a severe winter storm.  Doris notices an abandoned pu…

    Grade 6

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Suki's Kimono

    Suki's favorite possession is her blue cotton kimono. A gift from her obachan (grandmother), it holds special memories of her grandmoth…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Summer of Fire

    In the summer of 1988, fires raged out of control in Yellowstone National Park. Though it seemed like total devastation to outsiders, t…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Summer of Fire

    This article describes the out-of-control fires that took place during the summer of 1988. It focuses on the unpredictable fires of the…

    Grade 5

    • 09/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Talk with an Astronaut

    A group of fifth grade students interview the first Hispanic American astronaut, Ellen Ochoa.  The interview is a question and ans…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Tanya's Reunion

    Tanya is initially thrilled to be heading early to Grandma’s Virginia family farm for a reunion, but it's not as much fun as she …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Adventurers

    This play is about a group of boys and girls who are summertime campers at the National Sea Base camp in the Florida Keys. Their advent…

    Grade 4

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Adventures of Sojourner

    The Adventurers of Sojourner presents a third-person narrative account of the Mars Pathfinder mission, which included the deployment of…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Albertosaurus Mystery

    This informational text describes how paleontologists continue to investigate unanswered questions about dinosaurs. (Houghton Mifflin H…

    Grade 3

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Art Lesson

    In the book, The Art Lesson, Tommy wants to be an artist when he gets older. He practices his art all of the time and listens to the ad…

    Grade K

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Astronaut and the Onion

    Gloria waits in a checkout line, tossing around the onion her mother had sent her to buy. She tosses it too far and fears it’s go…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Babe and I

    This historical fiction story takes place in 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression in New York City. Baseball was king and Babe Rut…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Baker's Neighbor

    In this play, the neighborhood baker Manuel bakes delicious smelling pastries and puts them out for sale each morning, but his neighbor…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Ballad of Mulan

    When war breaks out in Mulan’s land and her father is drafted into the army, Mulan makes a great sacrifice when she disguises her…

    Grade 3

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Big Snow

    This literary text by Berta and Elmer Hader recounts how many different animals prepare for winter.

    Grade 1

    • 03/01/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Birth of a Whale

    The humpback whale is a massive, yet gentle creature - as John Archambault describes in The Birth of a Whale.  The book uses lyric…

    Grade K

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Book of the Dead

    The story centers on a young Haitian-artist, Annie, and her reverence for her father, whom she believes was a Haitian political prisone…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Bracelet

    Ruri, a young Japanese girl, and her family are taken to an internment camp during WWII because the US government was afraid Japanese A…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Cask Of Amontillado

    In this chilling tale by Edgar Allen Poe, Montresor seeks revenge on Fortunato for past insults. (McDougal Littell Literature, 2009) T…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Challenge

    In this short story, Jose learns a valuable lesson about himself when he tries to impress Estella by challenging her to a game of racqu…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Circuit

    Panchito, a young migrant worker, lives life with his family on the circuit—a cycle of seasonal crop harvesting. Each move on the…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Daring Nellie Bly

    In the story, Nellie Bly wants to break the fictional record of Jules Verne’s character, Phileas Fogg, who traveled around the wo…

    Grade 5

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Day Eddie Met the Author

    The students at Riverside Elementary School are excited about a visit from a real author. The class has been reading books by the autho…

    Grade 3

    • 09/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Dog of Pompeii

    "The Dog of Pompeii" centers on a blind boy, Tito, and his dog, Bimbo, his life-long devoted companion during A.D. 79 in the city of Po…

    Grade 6

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

    This story is set in a Tennessee peach orchard on the night before the Civil War battle of Shiloh.  A young drummer briefly consid…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Emperor's New Clothes

    The emperor loves new clothes, so two swindlers claim they can make beautiful clothes that are invisible to anyone stupid or unfit for …

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Extra Good Sunday

    Beverly Cleary tells the story of a family on a rainy Sunday in a household full of bad moods. Ramona’s father suggests they all …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Fear Place

    Despite his fear, Doug Grillo must cross a terrifying mountain ledge to find his missing brother. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading, 2…

    Grade 5

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The First Emperor

    This is an excerpt from "Tomb Robbers." Ch’in Shih Huang Ti was the first emperor of China. He had a great fear of his own death.…

    Grade 6

    • 03/21/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Fisherman and His Wife

    There once was a poor fisherman and his wife who lived in a pigsty by the seaside.  The fisherman goes fishing one day and comes a…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    A little boy loses his neighbor’s dog inside the mysterious garden of Abdul Gasazi, who tells the boy that he has turned the dog …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Garden of Happiness

    Marisol watches her neighbors excited about making a vacant lot beautiful, so she hunts and hunts and finds her own little patch where …

    Grade 4

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Gardener

    Lydia Grade is sent to live with her Uncle Jim while her parents look for work.  She happily settles in to her new home where she …

    Grade 4

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Girl Who Married the Moon

    Two female cousins spend their life doing everything together. One night they realize they are both in love with the Moon and wish to m…

    Grade 6

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Great Kapok Tree

    In this fantasy by Lynn Cherry, a man is trying to cut down a kapok tree in the Amazon rainforest.  After a while of cutting the h…

    Grade 4

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Great Wall

    This expository text selection outlines the efforts of the Chinese people to build the Great Wall to protect them from the Mongol invad…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Grizzly Bear Family Book

    In this nonfiction piece, the author shares what he learned about the way of life of grizzly bears after spending a full year in Alaska…

    Grade 5

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Gymnast

    Gary Soto writes an autobiography about a time when he was eleven years old, wanting to be a gymnast like his cousin.  He thinks i…

    Grade 5

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Hot and Cold Summer

    Before they ever met her, Rory and Derek made a pact not to speak to Bolivia, the new girl in town.  After Bolivia orchestrates a …

    Grade 5

    • 09/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Jade Peony

    In “The Jade Peony,” a Chinese-Canadian family engages in the delicate dance of retaining the old life while adjusting to t…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Jones Family Express

    This realistic fictional story is about Steven and his Aunt Carolyn. The two have always shared a special bond; each time Aunt Carolyn …

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Journey

    This Informational text focuses on the migration habits of the grasshopper/locust and the gray whale. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journe…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Keeping Quilt

    Patricia’s Great-Grandmother comes to America as a child from Russia. She creates a quilt that is passed on from generation to ge…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Lady, Or The Tiger?

    “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton is about a fairy tale king who edifies his subjects through public trials wi…

    Grades 9–10

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Last Dragon

    A young boy, Peter, is hesitant to spend the summer with his great aunt in Chinatown. Peter finds an aging parade dragon in a store and…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Lost and Found

    Two students hide in the bathroom in order to avoid taking the math test, eventually telling their teacher they were trapped yb a giant…

    Grade 3

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Lost Temple of the Aztecs

    The Lost City of the Aztecs is about the demise of the Aztec Empire and how Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor, reacted to the arrival o…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Memory String

    This narrative text addresses a young girl’s experience with processing the death of her mother while trying to accept the challe…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

    Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere warned the colonist of an advancing attack by the British army. Revere rode his horse through the ni…

    Grade 5

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Moon

    This informational text by Niki Walker describes the characteristics of the moon and traces the history of man's exploration of Earth's…

    Grade 1

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Mysterious Giant

    In this folktale, the town of Barletta faces destruction until Zia Concetta asks the town’s giant statue for help. With a clever …

    Grade 3

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Mysterious Mr. Lincoln

    In this chapter from Russell Freedman’s photobiography, the author details Abraham Lincoln’s many facets. Lincoln’s g…

    Grade 6

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The New Frontier

    In this 1962 speech, Kennedy attempts to persuade the public that America should invest in space exploration in the name of progress an…

    Grades 9–10

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Noble Experiment

    This excerpt from Jackie Robinson’s autobiography, "I Never Had It Made," begins with the history behind Branch Rickey’s pl…

    Grade 7

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Pearl

    The text begins with a poor fisherman, Kino, his wife, Juana, their baby Coyotito, and the great pearl. When Coyotito is stung by a sco…

    Grade 8

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Planets in Our Solar System

    This informational, nonfiction text introduces the solar system and its many parts – the sun, the eight planets, the satellites o…

    Grade 3

    • 09/19/14
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    The Raft with Companion Text Set

    Nicky reluctantly spends the summer in the Wisconsin woods with his grandmother who is an artist. He is not thrilled with all of the ch…

    Grade 1

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Road Ahead

    The cofounder of Microsoft Corporation makes predictions about the future as he chronicles communication innovations from the past and …

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Road Not Taken

    The speaker reflects on the risks and responsibilities of making choices and deciding which road to take. (Prentice Hall Timeless Voice…

    Grade 8

    • 03/21/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Rough-Face Girl

    A scarred face does not prevent the Rough-Face girl from seeing the beauty of the earth around her, nor does it disguise her pretty, ki…

    Grade 2

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Scarlet Ibis

    The text explores the conflicts between love and pride, and draws attention to the effects of familial and societal expectations and st…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The School News

    This text is a reader’s theater with seven parts set in the television studio of a school’s morning news network. The story…

    Grade 3

    • 09/10/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Science Fair

    A third grade girl named Beany creates a science fair project with her partner, Kevin. Beany is not confident that their project is the…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 10/23/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Skunk Ladder

    This story is about two boys, “Crazy” Eddie and the narrator, the imaginative contraptions they create, and their wacky adv…

    Grade 5

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Smallest Dragonboy

    This fantasy takes place on the planet Pern, an imaginary world where dragons help protect the inhabitants from the dangerous Red Star,…

    Grade 7

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Stories That Julian Tells

    Julian meets Gloria, a new girl in his neighborhood. Together they make a wish kite, with wishes fastened to its tail; both wish for la…

    Grade 3

    • 03/01/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Storm

    Pandora, a kindhearted cat, is a lighthouse keeper who lives a solitary life until she meets Seabold, a sailor dog during a bad storm. …

    Grade 2

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Storm Book

    This literary text by Charlotte Zolotow tells how a summer storm changes and moves over the countryside, city, and the seashore, s…

    Grade 2

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Story of an Eyewitness

    In the magazine article, “The Story of an Eyewitness,” Jack London describes the effects of the San Francisco Earthquake of…

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Strongest One

    This is a Zuni play about an ant in the search to find out who is strongest of all. The ant talks with numerous characters to find out …

    Grade 3

    • 10/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Tail

    Tasha, a thirteen year old girl has to babysit her little 7 year old brother, Junior, because her mom is getting a job over the summer.…

    Grade 6

    • 09/11/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Talent Show

    Benny is nervous about the upcoming talent show. After a talk with her parents, Beany realizes that the most important thing is doing w…

    Grade 3

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Talking Cloth

    Amber, her brother, and her parents visit Aunt Phoebe, a traveler, collector and storyteller.   Aunt Phoebe shares a cloth with th…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Third Wish

    Almost every culture has a traditional tale about character who is granted three wishes. Two are usually used unwisely, and then the th…

    Grade 7

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Three Century Woman

    Megan’s Great-grandmother Breckenridge has lived in three centuries.  She was born in 1899 and now it is 2001.  On the …

    Grade 7

    • 03/01/16
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Three Snow Bears

    A little girl named Aloo-ki loses her dogs on an ice floe. As Aloo-ki looks for her lost dogs, she finds a bear family’s home.&nb…

    Grade 1

    • 11/18/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Trouble with Television

    In “The Trouble With Television,” former broadcast journalist Robert MacNeil presents a persuasive case that television has…

    Grade 8

    • 09/22/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The View from Saturday

    Nadia’s parents were recently divorced and Nadia is spending the summer with her father in Florida, where Grandpa Izzy lives. Gra…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 09/13/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Walrus and the Carpenter

    Lewis Carroll’s poem tells the tale of a walrus and a carpenter who invite a group of oysters to join them for a walk on a sunny …

    Grade 6

    • 09/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Washwoman

    In “The Washwoman,” Singer recalls the woman who did his family’s laundry when he was a child in Poland.  Singer…

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Waterfall

    A boy on a family backpacking adventure discovers an amazing waterfall and decides he wants to climb to the top. The boy becomes a lead…

    Grade 3

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The White Umbrella

    The narrator of The White Umbrella is a Chinese American girl who struggles with feelings of embarrassment and longing to be like other…

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Wreck of the Hesperus

    “The Wreck of the Hesperus” is a narrative poem about an arrogant ship captain (skipper) who takes his daughter on an ill-f…

    Grade 8

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Year At Maple Hill Farm

    This informational text by Alice and Martin Provensen describes farm animals and what happens during one year on a farm. To facilitate…

    Grade K

    • 09/17/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper is a story told from the perspective of a woman facing the tribulations of mental illness.  Charlotte Perkins…

    Grades 11–12

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    There Will Come Soft Rains

    This classic Ray Bradbury Science Fiction story is set in the future after a nuclear Armageddon in which a fully automated house goes t…

    Grades 9–10

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Thunderstorms

    This informational text by Chana Stiefel discusses thunderstorms and information about the destruction that severe storms can create. …

    Grade 1

    • 09/19/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Tikki Tikki Tembo

    Tikki Tikki Tembo is a short fable set in ancient China.  During this time period parents honored their first born son with long a…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Time for Kids Beyond the Horizon

    In this article, Mr. Koffi Annan spoke to world leaders on the issue of protecting our environment. He states that since the beginning …

    Grade 5

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Tops and Bottoms

    This book is a trickster tale about Hare and Bear. Hare is in debt and needs money so he can feed his family. Hare convinces the lazy B…

    Grade K

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Tops and Bottoms

    In this trickster tale, Bear and Hare are involved in a gardening partnership. Industrious, clever Hare makes a deal with Bear— H…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Transportation

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grade K

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Turtle Watch

    In this literary text by Saviour Pirotta and Nilesh Mistry, a young boy and wise man observe many living things of the sea while awaiti…

    Grade 1

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Bad Ants

    Two ants, along with others from their nest, set out to gather crystals for their queen. Initially staying and keeping crystals for the…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Days in May

    Sonia, her father, and a group of their neighbors launch a peaceful protest to help 5 deer that have wandered into their city neighborh…

    Grade 3

    • 09/29/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Kinds

    This is a story of an American-born Chinese daughter, her immigrant mother and their very different beliefs and hopes. The daughter str…

    Grade 7

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Lands, One Heart

    TJ takes a trip to Vietnam with his mother to visit his grandparent’s farm.  TJ learns a lot about the culture and lives of …

    Grade 4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Two Tickets to Freedom

    In this biography, a young couple, William and Ellen Craft, attempt to escape to freedom from slavery in Georgia. They disguise Ellen a…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Unwanted Guests

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–5

    • 03/01/16
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    Verdi with Companion Text Set

    This beautifully illustrated book is about a python who deals with issues of accepting himself.  Young Verdi doesn’t want to…

    Grade 2

    • 09/27/13
    • 2 FILES  icon-file

    Voices From Little Rock Module

    This module is comprised of fifteen 90-minute lessons and addresses U.S. History content standards relating to the Civil Rights Movem…

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Volcanoes

    In this passage about volcanoes, science writer Seymour Simon explains the characteristics of the different types of volcanoes, and how…

    Grade 5

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Voyage Across the Solar System

    This selection is written as a Readers’ Theater where the students read the script aloud. The script is written as a fictional tr…

    Grade 3

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wangari's Trees of Peace

    This literary text by Jeanette Winter tells a true life story of Wangari Maathai, who decided to make a big difference in her hometown …

    Grade K

    • 01/21/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Water

    In “Water”, Helen Keller describes her first experiences with her new teacher.  Keller finally grasps the idea that a …

    Grade 6

    • 09/14/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Water Woman

    In this biography, Amy VanDyken overcomes many challenges throughout her life to become an Olympic gold medalist. (Houghton Mifflin Har…

    Grade 3

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Ways People Live

    This informational text by Emily Neye contrasts the homes, clothing, food, and activities from different types of places.

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Weaving a California Tradition

    The entire Tex family is involved in the hard work of basket making, preserving a tribal tradition. They gather materials from various …

    Grade 4

    • 03/20/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wemberly Worried

    In this picture book, the main character, a mouse named Wemberly, constantly worries about big and small things. Her largest worry is a…

    Grade K

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    What About Me?

    This fable is about a boy’s search for knowledge. To achieve his goal, the boy barters with characters ranging from a carpet make…

    Grade 3

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    What Do Illustrators Do?

    This narrative nonfiction story sequences the steps an illustrator follows when creating pictures for a story. The author tells the sto…

    Grade 3

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    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

    • 10/30/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Who Can Replace a Man?

    Brian Aldiss describes a futuristic world in which machines are capable of thinking based on the tasks they have been designed to perfo…

    Grade 8

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Whose Habitat Is It?

    In this nonfiction article, the author addresses the problems associated with urban sprawl. Urban sprawl destroys animal and plant habi…

    Grade 3

    • 01/21/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Why the Waves Have Whitecaps

    The wind and water are personified as two women talking about their children. Mrs. Wind brags about her children, which annoys Mrs. Wat…

    Grade 8

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wild Shots, They're My Life

    A wildlife photographer describes her love for animals and how she took some of her favorite up-close photos of them. (Houghton Mifflin…

    Grade 3

    • 08/15/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wild Weather

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 4–6

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wild Weather

    This informational text by Seymour Simon describes extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, floods, and blizzards…

    Grade 1

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wildfires

    Wildfires can cause damage but also play a critical role in the renewal of forests and grasslands. Through the example of the 1988 Yell…

    Grade 4

    • 09/06/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Wolf!

    This fantasy tells the story of a wolf who learns to read to gain the respect and friendship of farm animals. (McGraw-Hill Treasures, 2…

    Grade 3

    • 09/24/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Woodsong

    In this narrative, Gary Paulsen describes the relationship, which develops between himself and a dog named “Storm,” the lea…

    Grade 5

    • 05/12/17
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Working with Animals

    Each text set:  Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources…

    Grades 2–4

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Zathura

    Danny and Walter Budwing are two brothers who don't get along, and one day, when they are home alone, Walter, the elder, chases his lit…

    Grade 5

    • 06/27/14
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Zinnia's Flower Garden

    In this literary text by Monica Wellington, Zinnia plants a flower garden in the spring. As summer, fall and winter approach, she has t…

    Grade K

    • 01/21/15
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Zlata's Diary

    Zlata's Diary chronicles the daily life of Zlata, an eleven year-old girl during wartime in Sarajevo, and the war's increasing impact o…

    Grade 6

    • 08/22/13
    • 1 FILE  icon-file

    Zlateh the Goat

    During the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, Reuven is forced to sell Zlateh, the family goat, because business has been bad. On his way to t…

    Grade 6