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Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
Three Englishmen travel across Africa in a hydrogen filled balloon in this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Excerpt from Sister Carrie
A country girl sets out with nothing but a train ticket, four dollars, a Chicago address on a slip of paper, and a heart full of illusions.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
Aurelia Dobre: World Champion Gymnast
A speaker describes Aurelia Dobre’s gymnastics routine.
This Is Not a Small Voice
A speaker describes the strength and love of a collective set of people.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Two newspaper articles discuss the despair and hope following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
The speaker of the poem reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.
Guy de Maupassant
A man bargains with a nurse about attending to his dying mother.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
In this poem, a speaker describes losing a part of themselves.