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Collection #1

 

 

GRADE 7

Bold Actions

GRADE 8

Culture and Belonging

Rogue Wave

By Theodore Taylor

Activities

My Favorite Chaperone

By Jean Davies Okimoto

Activities

Rogue Wave  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade My Favorite Chaperone  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders PART 1 - Teacher Invaders PART 2
Rogue Wave Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank My Favorite Chaperone  Vocabulary - Practice #2 -      Half a Min PART 1 - Half a Min PART 2
Parents of Rescued Teenage Sailor

By Paul Harris

Activities

Bonne  Annee  - Personal Essay

By Jean-Pierre Benoit Activities

Parents of Rescued Teenage Sailor Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Half A Min Bonne Annee  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade
Parents of Rescued Teenage Sailor Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Teacher Invaders Bonnee Annee   Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank
Ship of Fools

By Joanna Weiss

Activities

A Place to Call Home

By Scott Bittle and Jonathan Rochkind

Activities

 

Ship of Fools  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Half A Min A Place to Call Home  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Ship of Fools Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Match Up A Place to Call Home   Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Was Abby Too Young to Sail?

By CBS News

Activities

from The Latehomecorner

By Kao Kalia Yang

Activities

Was Abby Too Young to Sail?  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Match Up from The Latehomecorner Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade
Was Abby Too Young to Sail? Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Teacher Invaders from The Latehomecorner Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank
The Flight of Icarus

By Sally Benson

Activities

 

New Immigrants Share Their Stories

By Lisa Gossels

Activities

The Flight of Icarus  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade New Immigrants Share Their Stories Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade
The Flight of Icarus Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank New Immigrants Share Their Stories Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank
Icarus's Flight

By Stephen Dobyns

Activities

 

The Powwow at the End of the World

By Sherman Alexie

Activities

Icarus's Flight  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Half A Min The Powwow at the End of the World Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Icarus's Flight Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Teacher Invaders The Powwow at the End of the World Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Women in Aviation

By Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

Activities

 

 
Women in Aviation  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders  
Women in Aviation Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank  

Collection #2

GRADE 7

Perception and Reality

GRADE 8

The Thrill of Horror

The People Could Fly

By Virginia Hamilton

Activities

The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allan Poe

Activities

The People could Fly Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
The People could Fly Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
 

The Song of Wandering Aengus

By W. B. Yates

Activities

 

Scary Tales

By Jackie torrence

Activities

The Song of Wandering Aengus Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Half A Min Scary Tales  Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
The Song of Wandering Aengus Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Teacher Invaders  Scary Tales  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Magic and the Brain

By Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

Activities

 

The Monkey's Paw

By W. W. Jacpbs

Activities

Magic and the Brain Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade The Monkey's Paw Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Magic and the Brain Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half A Min The Monkey's Paw Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Pavement Chalk Art

By Julian Beever

Activities

from The Monkey's Paw

By Ricky Lewis Jr.

Activities

Pavement Chalk Art Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank from The Monkey's Paw Vocabulary - Practice #1 - NONE
Pavement Chalk Art Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Teacher Invaders from The Monkey's Paw Vocabulary - Practice #2 - NONE
Another Place, Another Time

By Cory Doctorow

Activities

What is the Horror Genre?

By Sharon A. Russell

Activities

Another Place, Another Time Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade What is the Horror Genre? Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Another Place, Another Time Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min What is the Horror Genre? Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Sorry, Wrong Number

By Lucille Fletcher

Activities

 
Sorry, Wrong Number Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank  
Sorry, Wrong Number Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half A Min  

Collection #3

GRADE 7

Nature at Work

GRADE 8

The Move Toward Freedom

from Mississippi Solo

By Eddy Harris

Activities

from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

By Frederick Douglass

Activities

from Mississippi Solo Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders PART 1 - Teacher Invaders PART 2 - Teacher Invaders PART 3
from Mississippi Solo Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min PART 1 - Half a Min PART 2 - Half a Min PART 3


 From the Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Activities

from Harriet Tubman:  Conductor on the Underground Railroad

By Ann Petry

Activities

from the Tempest Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade from Harriet Tubman:  Conductor on the Underground Railroad Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
from the Tempest Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank from Harriet Tubman:  Conductor on the Underground Railroad Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Allied With Green

By Naomi Shhab Nye

Activities

 
Allied with Green Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders  
Allied with Green Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min  
Big Rocks Balancing Acts

By Douglas Fox

Activities

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

By Ray Bradbury

Activities

Big Rocks Balancing Acts - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade The Drummer Boy of Shiloh Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Big Rocks Balancing Acts - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank The Drummer Boy of Shiloh Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Ode to Enchanted Light

By Pablo Neruda

Activities

from Bloody Times:  The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

By James L. Swanson

Activities

Ode to Enchanted Light - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders from Bloody Times: Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Ode to Enchanted Light - Practice #2 - Half a Min from Bloody Times: Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Sleeping in the Forest

By Mary Oliver

Activities

O Captain!  My Captain!

By Walt Whitman

Activities

Sleeping in the Forest Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Grade or No Grade O Captain!  My Captain! Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Sleeping in the Forest Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Walk the Plank O Captain!  My Captain! Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min

 

Collection #4

GRADE 7

Risk and Exploration

GRADE 8

Approaching Adulthood

Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center

Speech and Audio Version

By John F. Kennedy

Activities

Marigolds

By Eugenia Collier

Activities

Remarks at the Dedication of the aerospace Medical Health Center Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders Marigolds Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Remarks at the Dedication of the aerospace Medical Health Center Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min Marigolds Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half A Min
Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap  

By Philippe Cousteau

Activities

Hanging Fire

By Audre Lorde

Activities

Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank Hanging Fire Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade Hanging Fire  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
from Living in the Dark

By Cheryl Bardoe

Activities

Teenagers

By Pat Mora

Activities

from Living in the Dark - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders Teenagers Vocabulary - Practice #1 - NONE
from Living in the Dark Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min Teenagers  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - NONE
Your World

By Georgia Douglas Johnson

Activities

When Do Kids Become Adults?

By Multiple Authors

Activities

Your World - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank When Do Kids Become Adults? Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Your World Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade When do Kids Become Adults?  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half A Min
  Is 16 Too Young to Drive a Car?

By Robert Davis

Activities

  Is 16 Too Young to Drive a Car? - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
  Is 16 Too Young to Drive a Car? Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
  Fatal Car Crashes Drop for 16-Year-Olds, Rise for Older Teens

By Allison Aubrey

Activities

  Fatal car Crashes Drop for 16-Year-Olds - Vocabulary -Practice #1 - NONE
  Fatal Car Crashes Drop for 16-Year-Olds Vocabulary - Practice #2 - NONE
  Your Phone Can Wait and Distracted Driving

By Stephanie Ramirez

Activities

  Your Phone Can Wait - Vocabulary -Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
  Your Phone Can Wait - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min

Collection #5

GRADE 7

The Stuff of Consumer Culture

 

GRADE 8

Anne Frank's Legacy

 

from Life at Home in the 21st Century

By Jeanne E. Arnold

Activities

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

 Activities

from Life at Home in the 21st Century - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank The Diary of Anne Frank Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
from Life at Home in the 21st Century - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade The Diary of Anne Frank Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Always Wanting More from I Want That!

By Thomas Hine

Activities

from The Diary of a Young Girl

By Anne Frank

Activities

Always Wanting More from I Want That! - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders from The Diary of a Young Girl - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Always Wanting More from I Want That! - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half A Min from The Diary of a Young Girl - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
Dump

By X. J. Kennedy

Activities

from Anne Frank:  The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

By Francine Prose

Activities

Dump - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank from Anne Frank:  The book, the Life, the Afterlife Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Dump - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade from Anne Frank:  The book, the Life, the Afterlife Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
How Things Work

By Gary Soto

Activities

After Auschwitz

By Elie Wiesel

Activities

 

How Things Work - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank After Auschwitz - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
How Things Work - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade After Auschwitz - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Earth A Gift Shop

By Charles Yu

Activities

There But for the Grace

By Wislawa Szymborska

Activities

Earth A Gift Shop - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders There But for the Grace - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
Earth a Gift Shop - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min There But for the Grace - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade

Collection #6

GRADE 7

Guided By A Cause

 

GRADE 8

The Value of Work

 

from Flesh & Blood So Cheap:  The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

By Albert Marrin

Activities

from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

Activities

from Flesh and Blood So Cheap: Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
from Flesh and Blood So Cheap: - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
from The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire

By Zachary Kent

Activities

One Last Time

By Gary Soto

Activities

from The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank One Last Time - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
from The Story of the Triangle Factory Fire -  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade One Last Time -  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
from Uprising

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Activities

Teens Need Jobs, Not Just Cash

By Anne Michaud

Activities

from Uprising - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders Teens Need Jobs, Not Just Cash - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
from Uprising - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min Teens Need Jobs, Not Just Cash -  Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min
Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace

By Craig Kielburger

Activities

Teens at Work

By Anne Michaud

Activities

Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank Teens at Work - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - NONE
Craig Kielburger Reflects on Working Toward Peace - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade Teens at Work - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - NONE
from It Takes a Child

By Judy Jackson

Activities

Chicago

By Carl Sandburg

Activities

from It Takes a Child - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders Chicago Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank
from It Takes a Child - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min Chicago Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade
A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long

By Nikki Giovani

Activities

Find Work

By Rhina P. Espaillat

Activities

A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Walk the Plank Find Work - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - NONE
A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Grade or No Grade Find Work - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - NONE
Train Time

By D'Arcy McNickle

Activities

My Mother Enters the Work Force

By Rita Dove

Activities

Train Time - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders My Mother Enters the Work Force - Vocabulary - Practice #1 - Teacher Invaders
Train time - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min My Mother Enters the Work Force - Vocabulary - Practice #2 - Half a Min

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