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    • 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

    • 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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    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/15/13
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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

    • 08/22/13
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    Flowers For Algernon

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

    Grade 8

    • 08/23/13
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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

    • 09/29/14
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    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

    • 08/22/13
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    Harriet Tubman

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    In Trouble

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    Mrs. Flowers

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

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    O Captain My Captain

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    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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    Oranges

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    Paul Revere's Ride

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

    Grade 8

    • 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

    • 09/13/14
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    Raymond's Run

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

    Grade 8

    • 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

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 09/13/14
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    The First Americans

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

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    The Fog Horn

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

    Grade 8

    • 08/22/13
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    The Landlady

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    The Monkey's Paw

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    The 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

    • 09/13/14
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    The Ransom of Red Chief

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/29/14
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    The 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

    • 09/29/14
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    The Secret

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

    Grade 8

    • 09/13/14
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    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 09/29/14
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    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

    • 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