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    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/21/16
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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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    Charles

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

    Grade 7

    • 09/15/13
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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

    • 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

    • 09/29/14
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    Echo and Narcissus

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

    Grade 7

    • 09/29/14
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    Elizabeth I

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

    Grade 7

    • 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

    • 08/15/15
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    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

    • 09/29/14
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    Heart and Hands

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

    Grade 7

    • 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

    • 09/29/14
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    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/13/14
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    Long Walk to Freedom

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

    Grade 7

    • 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

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

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

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    Names/Nombres

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

    Grade 7

    • 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

    • 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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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    Rice Sandwich

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

    Grade 7

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/29/14
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    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

    • 09/21/16
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    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

    • 09/29/14
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    The Highwayman

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

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    The 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

    • 08/22/13
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    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

    • 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

    • 08/22/13
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    Three Skeleton Keys

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

    Grade 7

    • 08/22/13
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    Treasure of Lemon Brown

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

    Grade 7

    • 09/29/14
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    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

    • 09/27/13
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    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