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    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 10/30/14
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    Life Without Gravity

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

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    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

    • 10/29/14
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    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

    • 07/29/13
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    Names/Nombres

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

    Grade 6

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 10/30/14
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    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
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    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
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    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

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 10/29/14
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    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

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 09/30/14
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    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

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 10/29/14
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    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
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    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

    • 11/18/14
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    The Trouble with Television

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/30/14
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    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

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 01/21/15
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    Water

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

    Grade 6

    • 10/30/14
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    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

    • 01/21/15
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    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

    • 01/21/15
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    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