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Edgar Allan Poe

Macabre, dark, foreboding; these adjectives are often used to describe the works of Edgar Allan Poe. While this is true of many of his more notable works, like "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe wrote other less ominous poems and stories as well. This Reading Set included passages for many of Poe's most famous works, as well as some lesser-known treasures.

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Romeo and Juliet

"For never was there a tale of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." The last lines of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" perfectly sum up the story of the star-crossed young lovers. Perhaps the most approachable of the Bard's plays, "Romeo and Juliet" is a masterpiece of hope, love, and sorrow. Included in this Reading Set are some of the most notable scenes of the play.

Reading Set: 4 Passages

Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Many have seen the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While it is a great family movie, like most movies based on a book, the book is better! This reading set introduces the reader to the real Wizard of Oz story, including the backstory on some of the characters and some riveting scenes.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's iconic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a journey with little Alice through a fantastical world full of vanishing cats and mad tea parties. This learning set of passages is from each chapter in the book, beginning with Alice following the white rabbit down the hole into Wonderland to the final chapter with Alice on the witness stand.

Reading Set: 12 Passages

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

by RV staff writer J.C.

Vanessa isn’t known for being an “early bird” but on...

504 Words, 5th-6th Grades, 800L - 990L, Figurative Language and Theme

The Friar's Plan

by William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet

Act IV, Scene 1 passage: This passage from "Romeo an...

565 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 800L - 990L, Story Elements

The Mother and the Wolf

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

The Greek author Aesop wrote fables centuries ago th...

174 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 800L - 990L, Main / Central Idea, Summary, and Theme

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop is the well-loved writer of fables. Even thoug...

291 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, 800L - 990L, Context Clues, Main / Central Idea, Summary, and Theme

The Lady with the Lamp

by Laura E. Richards from Florence Nightingale: The Angel of the Crimea

Chapter XI passage: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)...

638 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 800L - 990L, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Symbolism, and Theme