Primary Sources: Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail By © 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; © renewed 1991 Coretta Scott King, adapted by Newsela staff Grade Level 8 09/01/2016 Word Cou
Orangutan granted the rights of man By Scientific American, adapted by Newsela staff 01/14/2015 The orangutan named Sandra sits in her enclosure at the Buenos Aires Zoo in Argentina, Dec. 22, 2014.
Opinion: Who's to blame for athletes' salaries? We are By Fred Bowen, Washington Post, adapted by Newsela staff Grade Level 6 08/10/2017 Word Count 507 Washington Wizards guard John Wall (right) signe
Doodle, was born with serious physical disabilities and health problems. His older brother, the story’s narrator, is not named but is known throughout the story as “Brother.” Brother is the eldest and is desperate, sometimes using extreme and harsh methods, to turn Doodle into a “normal” kid.
Narrated by Hazel Parker, known as Squeaky, the central idea in the story is about how she has to take care of her older brother Raymond because he is disabled. Squeaky has a moment of realization noticing Raymond mimicking her running, and decides to train him to be a runner too.
This story recounts the experiences of the protagonist, Victor, and his schooling from the first through the twelfth grades both on and off the reservation. Several threads are woven into the story, including starvation, brotherhood, resilience and discrimination, revealing the overarching theme of how difficult life was for Victor growing up on a reservation.
An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou has had a broad career as a singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood's first female black director, but is most famous as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet. (Poetry Foundation)
Born on 25 January 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, to William and Agnes Brown Burnes, Robert Burns followed his father's example by becoming a tenant farmer. As a poet he recorded and celebrated aspects of farm life, regional experience, traditional culture, class culture and distinctions, and religious practice and belief in such a way as to transcend the particularities of his inspiration, becoming finally the national poet of Scotland.
Few American artists loomed larger in the 20th century than Langston Hughes. He rode steamships to West Africa, toured the American South, traveled to Spain to cover the Civil War, rode the Trans-Siberian Railway, and saw his own reputation shift from Harlem Renaissance star in the 1920s to Communist activist poet in the 1930s to public figure in the 1960s.
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures," which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She