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Heartbeat of Mother Earth
CR Willing McManis
CR Willing McManis describes what takes place during pow wows.
What Is the International Space Station?
The International Space Station is a spacecraft that allows for humans to live in space.
Petition from the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery
In this historical text, Benjamin Franklin issues a plea to the United States government.
What is Antarctica?
NASA explores one of Earth’s icy continents, Antarctica.
Learning about the Solar System
Barbara Radner discusses what scientists know about our solar system.
Barbara Radner describes how astronauts take food into space.
Dancing Towards Dreams
This text describes the journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
Treasures in a Pinecone
Jan Black discusses why pinecones open and close.
Art on an Egg
Mariam C. Orme
Mariam C. Orme describes the practice of painting eggs in Ukraine for celebration.
The Three Sisters, Avenged: A Dominican Drama
Larry Rohter discusses the murder of the Mirabal sisters and how it impacted people of the Dominican Republic.
Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death
This text tackles a topic that has fascinated the world for over a century — the life and death of Grigori Rasputin.
Marian Anderson was a popular African American singer who faced discrimination in the early 1900s.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Plessy v. Ferguson was a court case that challenged racial segregation in public areas in the 1890s.
After 40 Years, The Complete Pentagon Papers
Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts
In this 2011 The New York Times article, Michael Cooper and Sam Roberts discuss the declassification of documents that were leaked 40 years ago to the press.
Money Tells a Story
John Jones found Confederate money that showed slaves smiling as they worked and wondered why.
A Princess Who Can Tune an Engine
In her youth, Queen Elizabeth II could fix a car and fulfill her princess duties.
From Pit to Pond
Wendy Hobday Haugh
A narrator describes turning the pit in her backyard into a pond.
Clash of Cultures: Two Worlds Collide
Herán Cortés was a Spanish explorer who conquered the Aztec empire.