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The Secret Garden – Chapter 22 When the Sun Went Down

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Chapter 22 When the Sun Went Down

The audio file for Chapter 22 “When the Sun Went Down” is 10 minutes 36 seconds in length.

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When his head was out of sight Colin turned to Mary. Continue Reading

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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Perspective

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your perspective lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. This post contains the animated short “Oktapodi” found on Youtube and inserted in this post.  Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 21 Ben Weatherstaff

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Chapter 21 Ben Weatherstaff

The audio file for Chapter 21 “Ben Weatherstaff” is 19 minutes 49 seconds in length.

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One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun—which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in some one’s eyes. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 20 I Shall Live Forever-And Ever-And Ever

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Chapter 20 I Shall Live Forever-And Ever-And Ever

The audio file for Chapter 20 “I Shall Live Forever-And Ever-And Ever” is 15 minutes 31 seconds in length.

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But they were obliged to wait more than a week because first there came some very windy days and then Colin was threatened with a cold, which two things happening one after the other would no doubt have thrown him into a rage but that there was so much careful and mysterious planning to do and almost every day Dickon came in, if only for a few minutes, to talk about what was happening on the moor and in the lanes and hedges and on the borders of streams. The things he had to tell about otters’ and badgers’ and water-rats’ houses, not to mention birds’ nests and field-mice and their burrows, were enough to make you almost tremble with excitement when you heard all the intimate details from an animal charmer and realized with what thrilling eagerness and anxiety the whole busy underworld was working. Continue Reading

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The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi FREE Lesson Plans

The Gift of the Magi is a heartwarming story of a young married couple who each sell his or her most prized possession to have money to buy a gift for his or her spouse. It makes a wonderful mini-unit to teach during the Christmas season.

What Level is the Story Unit?

Not only is the message a good one, but the book lends itself to covering a number of CCSS skills. The original story measures 6.1 grade equivalent; however, it is a little challenging for sixth graders with its Lexile rating at 940. Due to this, I have also included a simplified version that measures a 4.9 grade equivalent. I made sure that both versions of the story contain the same vocabulary words, making this a perfect unit for differentiated instruction. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 19 It Has Come!

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Chapter 19 It Has Come!

The audio file for Chapter 19 “It Has Come!” is 19 minutes 10 seconds in length.

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Of course Dr. Craven had been sent for the morning after Colin had had his tantrum. He was always sent for at once when such a thing occurred and he always found, when he arrived, a white shaken boy lying on his bed, sulky and still so hysterical that he was ready to break into fresh sobbing at the least word. In fact, Dr. Craven dreaded and detested the difficulties of these visits. On this occasion he was away from Misselthwaite Manor until afternoon. Continue Reading

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The Secret Garden – Chapter 18 Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time

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Chapter 18 Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time

The audio file for Chapter 18 “Tha’ Munnot Waste No Time” is 12 minutes 12 seconds in length.

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Of course Mary did not waken early the next morning. She slept late because she was tired, and when Martha brought her breakfast she told her that though. Colin was quite quiet he was ill and feverish as he always was after he had worn himself out with a fit of crying. Mary ate her breakfast slowly as she listened. Continue Reading

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