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African American Suffragists
Margaret Gushue discusses African American women’s experiences and contributions during women’s suffrage
The Two Travelers
Maude Barrows Dutton
Two travelers must decide whether or not to complete a series of tasks for a reward.
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.
An Introduction to Communism
Jessica McBirney describes communism and discusses communist countries.
Tornadoes: Watch Out!
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the dangers of tornadoes.
The Dust Bowl
Jessica McBirney discusses the causes of the Dust Bowl, a time of severe dust storms in the central United States.
A boy agrees to meet one of his classmates at a castle, not knowing what to expect.
Going the Distance
Andy Boyles discusses how and why scientists are studying polar bears.
A girl struggles to get her grandfather to see her as American.
Toni Cade Bambara
A girl takes her brother to a track race she’s participating in.
Tuesday of the Other June
Norma Fox Mazer
A young girl is bullied by someone with the same name.
A boy must act quickly when he hears a tornado warning.
Joining the Fight
Marcia Amidon Lusted
Marcia Amidon Lusted discusses influential African American women in the women's suffrage movement.
Granuaile was a well-known female leader and pirate during the 16th century in Ireland.
Life with Koko
Andy Boyles discusses a famous gorilla who has been taught American Sign Language.
Justice for All
Lynn Rymarz discusses how Ida B. Wells confronted racial injustice on a train.
Dedicated to the Goal
Marty Kaminsky discusses American soccer star Carli Lloyd.
Any More Earths Out There?
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Vicki Oransky Wittenstein discusses astronomers' work to find planets outside of our solar system.