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The Truman Doctrine Speech
President Harry S. Truman
President Truman asks the Congress for the resources to aid Greece and Turkey during the Cold War.
A boy and his baby-sitter play games during a thunderstorm.
Excerpt from “Nature”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson discusses his appreciation for nature.
A speaker describes a man’s experience after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
Daughter of Invention
A girl who has recently moved from the Dominican Republic to America prepares a speech to present in front of her school.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
In this poem, a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.
A boy decides to get revenge on a teacher he believes has been unfair to him.
There's a certain Slant of light
A speaker describes a slant of light on a winter day.