High School Texts for Learning at Home
These high-interest high school texts were selected specifically for at-home reading practice.
America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates
This famous American patriotic song captures the vision of America a century ago.
The Machine Stops
E. M. Forester
In this eerily prophetic science fiction story from 1909, E.M. Forster creates a world ruled by 'The Machine' in which isolated people are spoiled with convenience and starved of human interaction.
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
Lord Arthur Savile receives an ill fortune and then struggles to fulfill this destiny so he may marry.
Extracts from Adam's Diary
In this comical take on the biblical creation story, Twain writes from the perspective of Adam as he struggles to comprehend the new, perplexing world around him.
A spin-off of "Extracts from Adam's Diary," in this piece Twain gives us the perspective of Eve--contrastingly self-assured and full of childlike wonder.
A Defenseless Creature
A desperate woman enters a bank with an urgent — yet ridiculous — request.
The Million Pound Bank Note
A man gains fame and fortune simply because he is in possession of a large bank note.
In this short story, the people of Earth witness the birth of a new star and the destruction that follows this phenomenon.
Young Innovators: Detecting Land Mines
A 17-year-old girl discusses her invention of a device that uses sound to detect land mines.
The Life’s Work of Susan B. Anthony
The two articles included in this informational text discuss Susan B. Anthony’s life and contributions to the suffrage movement.
Barrett Smith discusses the life and accomplishments of the influential female scientist, Marie Curie.
Grace Hopper was one of the first female programmers and helped develop the first modern computer.
Cool Jobs: Unearthing the Secrets of Soil
Lindsey Konkel discusses scientists who study soil and what their work can reveal.
Her Code Got Humans On The Moon — And Invented Software Itself
Robert McMillan discusses Margaret Hamilton, a software engineer who helped man land on the moon.
Cave Art May Have Been Handiwork Of Neanderthals
Christopher Joyce discusses the discovery of cave art that may have originated from Neanderthals.
Does Altruism Actually Exist?
Alice G. Walton
Alice G. Walton discusses a study that explores the link between selflessness and fairness in babies.