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The Extermination of the American Bison

by William Temple Hornaday

William Temple Hornaday was a zoologist and conserva...

659 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Fact and Opinion, Main / Central Idea, and Summary

Joey's Trip to the Dentist

Joey is excited to have a special lunch with his dad instead of eating at the school cafeteria, but his fun day suddenly turns ...

378 Words, K-1st Grades, Story Elements and Summary

The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West

by John Muir from Our National Parks

Chapter I passage: John Muir was a noted naturalist ...

334 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, and Main / Central Idea

Sarah Plants a Seed

When the weather gets warm, Sarah's mother loves to spend time in the garden. Sarah wants to help, so she learns how to plant a...

388 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Context Clues, Story Elements, and Summary


by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains

While more famous for his adventure novels such as “...

510 Words, 7th-9th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

Amanda's First Day

Amanda is the new girl in school, and she is worried about how she will make new friends. Jessica and Troy step in at playtime ...

320 Words, K-1st Grades, Character Traits and Theme

Picture-books in Winter

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is Robert Louis Stevens...

110 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Figurative Language and Theme

Molly and Buster

Molly the cat likes her life just fine, but one day Mrs. Marks brings home a surprise. This story shows that new friends can co...

399 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Summary, and Theme

My Shadow

by Robert Louis Stevenson from A Child’s Garden of Verses

This delightful poem by Robert Louis Stevenson was p...

152 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues, Rhythm & Rhyme, and Theme

Fruit or Vegetable? How to Tell the Difference

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Scientists have a standard for determining the difference, and it may be different than the...

302 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Fact and Opinion, and Summary