• Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster

     

    On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, leading to the death of its seven crewmembers. The nation was stunned after this horrifying incident—about 17% of the nation watched it unfold live on television. That same day, President Ronald Reagan delivered this speech to the grieving nation. As you read, take notes on the rhetorical devices President Reagan uses to convey his message, and what tone he creates in doing so.

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  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf  

    Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture. As you read, take notes on the details in the text that shape the main character, and how readers can learn from him.

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  • Today's Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was a scientist, engineer, and inventor who was born in Scotland but became an American citizen in 1882. He invented the telephone in 1876, after years of putting in effort and proving his determination to technology. In his later years, he famously considered his invention a distraction, refusing to keep a telephone in his study. As you read, take notes on how communication technology has changed over time

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  • Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe

    In this letter, Cordelia writes to her friend about her plans to become a pioneer, a common ambition during the “Manifest Destiny” era of western settlement in the 19th century. As you read, note how Cordelia mentions God and his influence on her plans and actions.

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  • The Frog and the Mouse

    Aesop was a slave and storyteller who was believed to have lived between 620 and 564 BCE in ancient Greece. “The Frog and the Mouse” is a part of Aesop’s collection of fables known as Aesop’s Fables. In this short story, a frog betrays a mouse and finds himself worse off because of it. As you read, takes notes on how the frog is portrayed.

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