|NEW! Nonfiction: “‘I Was Homeless’” |
Until fifth grade, Kevin Liu lived a comfortable life with his family. Then everything changed when Kevin’s family became homeless. Kevin’s powerful story sheds light on homelessness in America. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|NEW! The Piece of String Pronunciation Guide |
Some of the French names in our play adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s story sure are tricky! Never fear—our handy pronunciation guide will help. Click here to download the accompanying handout.
|NEW! Poem: “What is yet to be is but a |
guess . . .” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
This beautiful poem about our dreams of the future is part of our November 2013 issue’s paired-texts package, “Welcome to the Future.” Click here for a projectable PDF of the paired texts.
|Nonfiction: “Dying to Be Strong” |
The tragic story of Taylor Hooton, a talented 17-year-old baseball player, sheds light on how the pressure to bulk up is contributing to steroid abuse among young people. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Primary Document: Providence Journal excerpt |
This audio version of the short but challenging newspaper article from page 13 of our play The Dead Rising makes a great scaffold for lower-level readers. Click here for a projectable PDF of the play, including the newspaper excerpt.
|Narrative Nonfiction: |
“Malala the Powerful”
In October 2012, the Taliban attempted to assassinate 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai. An outspoken crusader for girls’ education, Malala has bravely taken a stand against the Taliban in her native Pakistan. This is Malala’s inspiring story of courage and survival. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Informational Text: “Space Attack” |
This fascinating article on the 2013 fireball that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, pairs perfectly with our September 2013 fiction story, “The Space Rock.” Click here for a projectable PDF of the story and the informational text.
|Narrative Nonfiction: “The Burning Town” |
Our narrative-nonfiction feature transports students to Centralia, Pennsylvania, where an underground coal fire has turned the once-prosperous community into a deserted ghost town. Read aloud by the author. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Narrative Nonfiction: “The Boys Who Fought the Nazis” |
This is the incredible true story of three German teenagers who risked their lives creating and distributing anti-Nazi leaflets. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Narrative Nonfiction: “The Race Against Death” |
This article tells the thrilling true story of the courageous team of mushers and sled dogs that saved the town of Nome, Alaska, from a deadly diphtheria outbreak in 1925. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Narrative Nonfiction: “Hunted for Fun, Left to Die” |
Filmmaker Hardy Jones has been dubbed the “Dolphin Defender” for his work helping dolphins, which humans hunt by the thousands each year. Follow Jones on a tense mission to save two dolphins that were abandoned on the verge of death. Click here for a projectable PDF of the article.
|Poem: “Sweet Keepsake” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich |
We paired this original poem with Rachel Vail’s short story “Good Enough.” Perfect for a lesson on symbolism!
|Poem: “Let Me Tell You Things” by Rebecca Kai Dotlich |
This original poem about the emotional traumas of war works beautifully with our narrative-nonfiction article “This Is a Face of War.”
|Poem: “Nobody” by Emily Dickinson |
Emily Dickinson’s classic poem, paired with our article “Does Fame Drive You Nuts?”, argues that being famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
|Poem: “The Tornado” by Irene Latham |
This moving poem appeared alongside one of our most popular narrative-nonfiction articles, “Out of the Tornado.”
|Poem: “The Minor Bird” by Robert Frost |
Frost’s classic poem was included in our paired-texts package “Hunting a Killer.”