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Zora Neale Hurston
A lecherous man hopes that a rattlesnake will help him get rid of his wife.
The Talking Skull
Donna L. Washington
In this fable, a man finds a talking skull and wishes to show his village.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Ovid, translated by Brookes More
This classic myth tells the story of Orpheus’s trip to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife, Eurydice.
The Monkey's Paw
A man makes a wish on a charm that is given to him by an old friend and suffers the consequences.
The Rocking-Horse Winner
In this short story, a boy tries to provide for his family by betting on horse-races.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
A Good Man is Hard to Find
A family’s vacation is interrupted when they meet some dangerous people.
The Most Dangerous Game
A big game hunter falls off his yacht and is rescued by a mysterious general who claims to hunt only the most dangerous game.
The Stolen Party
A young girl attends the birthday party of a friend whose family employs her mother.
The Two Brothers
Two brothers trying to live charitably react very differently when they stumble into a fortune.
A young man seeking lodging is taken in by a landlady who is not what she seems.
Clash of Cultures: Indigenous America and the Conquistadores
This informational text recounts the fateful meeting between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors that led to the fall of the former’s civilization.
The Battle of Bull Run: The End of Illusions
Ernest B. Furgurson
This passage recounts the events of the First Battle of Bull Run, as well as its role in the disillusionment of the American people in the early stages of the American Civil War.
The Selfish Giant
A selfish giant learns a powerful lesson about friendship and kindness.
The Third Wish
A man asks for three wishes after saving a swan that happens to be the King of the Forest.
The Three Little Pigs
In this classic fable, three pigs each attempt to build houses that will protect them from the wicked schemes of a hungry wolf.
Russia's Last Czar, Nicholas II
This informational text details the tragic rise and fall of the last czar, or emperor, of imperial Russia: Nicholas II.