Day: March 26, 2014

Common Core Short Stories: The Interlopers by Saki

In a forest of mixed growth somewhere on the eastern spurs of the Carpathians, a man stood one winter night watching and listening, as though he waited for some beast of the woods to come within range of his vision, and, late; of his rifle. But the game for whose presence he kept so keen an outlook was none that figured in the sportsman’s calendar as lawful and proper for the chase; Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy. The forest lands of Gradwitz were of wide extent and well stocked with game;...

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Common Core Short Stories: Checkouts by Cynthia Rylant

Word Count 1475  Lexile Level 1490 Checkouts By Cynthia Rylant Her parents had moved her to Cincinnati, to a large house with beveled glad windows and several porches and the history her mother liked to emphasize. You’ll be lonely at first, they admitted, but you’re so nice you’ll make friends fast. And as an impulse tore at her to lie on the floor, to hold to their ankles and tell them she felt she was dying, to offer anything, anything at all, so they might allow her to finish growing up in the town of her childhood, they firmed...

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