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    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/30/14
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    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
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    Harrison Bergeron

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

    Grades 9–10

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 09/27/14
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    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

    • 09/13/14
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    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
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    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