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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

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 Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry is a favorite Chr...

140 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues and Summary

The Prologue from Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is the clas...

114 Words, 8th-10th Grades, 1200L +, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme

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 Fox and the Goat

by Aesop from The Aesop for Children

Aesop's fables are much beloved stories written cent...

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

The Raven: Opening Stanzas

by Edgar Allan Poe

This passage is the opening stanzas of Edgar Allan P...

149 Words, 6th-9th Grades, 1200L +, Context Clues

Macbeth and the Death of Lady Macbeth

by William Shakespeare from Macbeth

Act V, Scene 5 passage: This passage is a speech fro...

189 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 800L - 990L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, and Theme