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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 “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
Will We ‘Fix’ The Weather? Yes. Should We Fix The Weather? Hmmm
A prominent journalist discusses the opinions of climate scientists about using technology to control the earth’s climate.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
In an Amber Dome
A speaker describes a moment they share with someone close to them, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
A daughter comes home to visit her mothers and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
Turn, Turn, My Wheel
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes watching a potter mold clay.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Years After the Funeral
A speaker describes an individual’s experiences with schizophrenia.
J. Patrick Lewis
Written from the perspective of James Chaney, this poem describes being kidnapped by the KKK during the Freedom Summer.
David's Old Soul
Inspired by Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” this poem’s young speaker reflects on growing up.
The Man of the Crowd
Edgar Allan Poe
An unnamed narrator spots a man in a crowd, and follows this mysterious man throughout the crowded streets of London.