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CommonLit | (love song, with two goldfish)
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CommonLit | (love song, with two goldfish)

Grace Chua is an award-winning journalist whose work usually deals with science and the environment. In this poem, Chua explores the love between two goldfish living in a fish bowl.

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CommonLit | Texts A Quick Note on Getting Better at Difficult Things by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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CommonLit | Texts A Quick Note on Getting Better at Difficult Things by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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CommonLit | Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith
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CommonLit | Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith

The Powhatan are a series Native America tribes that are from Virginia and share the Algonquian language. In 1607, the Jamestown settlement in the colony of Virginia became the first permanent English

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CommonLit | Yesees and Noees
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CommonLit | Yesees and Noees

Sheldon Allan “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) was an American poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books. His books have sold over 20 million copies. In this poem, a speaker describ

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CommonLit | Texts - Sylvia Earle Deep Ocean
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CommonLit | Texts - Sylvia Earle Deep Ocean

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CommonLit | Wilderness
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CommonLit | Wilderness

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an American poet, writer, and editor who received three Pulitzer Prizes. This poem describes the speaker’s connection to the wilderness.

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CommonLit | The Little Match Girl
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CommonLit | The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Anderson was a Danish author who is best remembered for his fairy tales such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “Thumbelina.” Besides fairy tales, he wrote a numb

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CommonLit | Letter to the Treasurer of Spain
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CommonLit | Letter to the Treasurer of Spain

Christopher Columbus (1450-1506) was an Italian explorer who is often credited with discovering the “New World,” or the Americas. Columbus was determined to find a westward route to Asia, which gained

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CommonLit | Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
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CommonLit | Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger on December 1, 1955. However, this moment was

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CommonLit | How Boots Befooled the King
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CommonLit | How Boots Befooled the King

Howard Pyle (1853-1911) was an American author and illustrator, primarily of books for young people. In the following tale, a wise king offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to whomever can make a fo

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CommonLit | Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
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CommonLit | Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?

In many American schools, girls are prevented from playing high school football, which has been traditionally thought of as a sport for boys. Some people believe this is unfair, while others disagree.

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CommonLit | 'Shut the Door' Speech (Grades 9-10)
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CommonLit | 'Shut the Door' Speech (Grades 9-10)

In the early 20th century, there was an influx of immigration to the United States. The Quota Act of 1921 and the Act of 1924 prohibited the amount of immigrants allowed into the country, the latter m

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CommonLit | Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman
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CommonLit | Letter from Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman

In 1869, Sarah Hopkins Bradford published an authorized biography called Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist who helped slaves escape through the Underground Railr

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CommonLit | Fourteen
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CommonLit | Fourteen

Alice Gerstenberg (1885-1972) was an American playwright, actress and activist. Gerstenberg was known for her experimental dramas exploring feminist themes. In this one-act drama, a woman hosting a di

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CommonLit | First They Came…
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CommonLit | First They Came…

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a German anti-Nazi and Lutheran pastor who is most famous for his words below. Niemöller was originally a supporter of Hitler, but he eventually opposed the Nazis. Fro

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CommonLit | The First Flag
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CommonLit | The First Flag

Barbara Radner is an associate professor at DePaul University School for New Learning. Many people believe that Betsy Ross was the creator of the first American flag, used during the American Revoluti

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CommonLit | “The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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CommonLit | “The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Joanne “Jo” Rowling, pen name J.K. Rowling, is a British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer best known for creating the Harry Potter series. The title character, Harry Potter, is an orphan who

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CommonLit | A Lonely Planet Ponders
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CommonLit | A Lonely Planet Ponders

John P. Curtin (1967-2012) was a writing professor at DePaul University. He also led bike tours in Seattle, and on one trip he crashed and broke his neck, leaving him paralyzed. He wrote the following

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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Giver
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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Giver

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CommonLit | Texts Mother and Daughter
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CommonLit | Texts Mother and Daughter

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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Lightning Thief     |     Free Fiction & Nonfiction Litera
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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Lightning Thief | Free Fiction & Nonfiction Litera

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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Outsiders     |     Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Res
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CommonLit | Book Pairings - The Outsiders | Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Res

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CommonLit | Book Pairings - Bud, Not Buddy     |     Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Re
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CommonLit | Book Pairings - Bud, Not Buddy | Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Re

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CommonLit | Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability
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CommonLit | Why I Refuse to Say I 'Fight' My Disability

Karin Hitselberger is a disability rights activist and freelance writer. She has cerebral palsy: a permanent movement disorder that affects one’s coordination and whose symptoms include stiff or weak

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CommonLit | I Ask My Mother to Sing
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CommonLit | I Ask My Mother to Sing

Li-Young Lee is an American poet who was born in Indonesia to Chinese parents. His family eventually settled in the United States after fleeing anti-Chinese attitudes. Lee’s poetry is popular for its

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CommonLit | Texts Thank You
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CommonLit | Texts Thank You

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CommonLit | The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7
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CommonLit | The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 7

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African American social reformer, orator, and writer. He escaped from slavery, taught himself to read and write, and eventually became the leader of the abolition

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CommonLit | The Phoenix Bird
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CommonLit | The Phoenix Bird

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author, best known for his fairy tales. In this short story, a narrator describes the birth and power of a mystical bird called the Phoenix.

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CommonLit | Excerpt from 'The Story of My Life'
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CommonLit | Excerpt from 'The Story of My Life'

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. Keller was born with the ability to see and hear, but at 19 months old she contracted an illness which left her deaf

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CommonLit | Texts Seventh Grade - Soto
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CommonLit | Texts Seventh Grade - Soto

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CommonLit | Blizzard
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CommonLit | Blizzard

Linda Pastan is an American poet of Jewish background who was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995. She is known for writing short, relatable poems that address themes of common experiences people

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