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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This recording of The Great Gatsby?was made for educational purposes to assist ESL learners.?Downloadable files are NOT available of this material, it is streaming only. Click on the link for the chapter you want to stream and the text will also appear, allowing you to follow along in the text while you listen.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller which premiered in 1953. It famously used the Salem Witch Trials to offer a commentary on McCarthyite America. This production stars Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Joe Spano, and Michael York, among others. You can stream the audio here.

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Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement by William Bradford

History of Plymouth Settlement, artwork courtesy of Librivox

Summary: The journal of William Bradford, who served five terms as governor of the Plymouth colony, is an indispensable document of the events of early American history. His eyewitness account includes the stories of the Pilgrims? sojourn in the Netherlands, the voyage of the Mayflower, the hardships of the New World, relations with the Indians, and the colony?s growth from an endangered enterprise to a thriving city. This edition of Bradford?s Of Plimoth Plantation presents the text in language made more accessible to the modern reader (Summary by D. Leeson for Librivox).

First page of the book Of Plimouth Plantation by William Bradford, public domain image


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Click here to browse this book’s table of contents. There is a zoom button on the left side of the page and a “page turner” feature on the right side.? The table of contents is very thorough, and will be a great help if you are looking to find particular topics.

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Total running time:? 11 hours, 15 minutes

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Plimouth Plantation fence, published under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2 or later by author Ben Franske

Book One

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Plimouth Plantation living museum, image published under the GNU Free Documentation License v. 1.2 and the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licenses by author Nancy

Book Two

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Pond in the Spring, photo released by its author Shadow0704 to public domain

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Total running time:  15 hours

Walden, Site of Thoreau's cabin, marked by a pile of rocks, public domain image

Chapter 1 part 1

Chapter 1 part 2

Chapter 1 part 3

Chapter 1 part 4

Chapter 1 part 5

Chapter 2 part 1

Chapter 2 part 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, in June 1856, aged 39, public domain image

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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The Birth Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Wistful Look by James Carroll Beckwith, public domain image

Summary from Wikimedia: The Birth Mark is a romantic short story which examines obsession with human perfection.

The Birth Mark

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Posted 7 years, 11 months ago.

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Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Shelley's Tomb in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome, painted by Water Crane in 1873, this painting actually shows John Keats' gravestone, public domain image

Summary:  The title is from the Greek thanatos (“death”) and the suffix -opsis (literally, “sight”); it has often been translated as “Meditation upon Death”.

Due to the unusual quality of the verse and Bryant’s age when the poem was first published in 1817 by the North American Review, Richard Henry Dana, Sr., then associate editor at the Review, initially doubted its authenticity, saying to another editor, “No one, on this side of the Atlantic, is capable of writing such verses.”

Thanatopsis

e-text of Thanatopsis

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selected short stories and poems

Clocks in Bristol Bus Station, image by Rob Brewer from Bristol England, published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 license

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

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U. S. Historical Documents

The only known photograph of President Lincoln giving his Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863, public domain image

Articles of Confederation

Read the transcript of the Articles of Confederation yourself

US Stamp, 13 cents Articles of Confederation commemorative stamp, issued September 30, 1977, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, public domain image

U. S. Constitution

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Declaration of Independence, public domain image

Declaration of Independence

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Early 20th century poster showing a bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln above the text of the Gettysburg address, public domain image

Gettysburg Address

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Posted 8 years ago.

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Washington Irving short stories

Washington Irving, by John Wesley Jarvis, public domain image

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Rip van Winkle

Rip van Winkle e-text

The Devil and Tom Walker

e-text of The Devil and Tom Walker

Posted 8 years ago.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, chapter by chapter

Frederick Douglass portrait

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Run time: 4 hours, 3 minutes

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Frederick Douglass house

01  Preface  00:20:21

02 Letter 00:07:01

03 Chapter 1 00:11:50

04  Chapter 2  00:11:55

05  Chapter 3  00:08:36

06  Chapter 4 00:09:19

Frederick Douglass photo

07  Chapter 5  00:09:23

08  Chapter 6  00:07:41

09  Chapter 7  00:14:17

10  Chapter 8  00:11:55

11 Chapter 9  00:12:45

12  Chapter 10  01:13:54

13 Chapter 11  00:30:53

14  Appendix  00:12:55

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, book cover
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Total running time: 11 hours, 34 minutes

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Huckleberry Finn no. 19 classic comics

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Huckleberry Finn with a rabbit, drawing by E W Kemble from the original 1884 edition of the book

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Jim and the Ghost

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Huck Finn Traveling by Rail

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Huck and Jim on their raft by E. W. Kemble from original 1884 edition

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Mark Twain, author of Huckleberry Finn, Brady-Handy photo portrait, February 7, 1871

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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Edgar Allen Poe, selected short works

illustration to The Purloined Letter by E.A. Poe, illustrator unknown, public domain image

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The Tell Tale Heart

The Purloined Letter

The Fall of the House of Usher, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, public domain

The Fall of the House of Usher

The Pit and the Pendulum

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago.

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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton’s 1911 novel Ethan Frome tells the story of a tragic love triangle. Set in the highly symbolic wintry landscape of Starkfield, Massachusetts, the narrative centers on the title character’s fraught relationships with his “sickly, cantankerous” wife Zeena and his young, beautiful cousin Mattie Silver. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett for Librivox)

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Total running time: 3 hours, 13 minutes

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago.

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Paul Revere's ride

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

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To read the text of this poem, click here.

Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick which could be used to study the American Revolutionary War.

Click here to see a downloadable lapbook about Paul Revere.
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Posted 8 years, 9 months ago.

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Selected Poems by Robert Frost

Robert Frost, public domain image from Library of Congress

Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick for studying poetry. This link will take you away from My Audio School.

Clicking the following links will take you away from My Audio School. Kids, please get permission before leaving My Audio School. This excellent site, Robert Frost Out Loud, has several recordings of Frost poems recited by the poet himself, many more read by a Frost enthusiast, and text for each included poem.

Click here to listen to Robert Frost reading his own poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Stopping by Woods e-text

Robert Frost reads his poem The Road Not Taken

Road Not Taken e-text

You can hear more audio recordings of Robert Frost poetry at Robert Frost Out Loud. Poems with a blue arrow beside the title are recorded in the poet’s own voice.  To listen, click  on the poem titles.

The Death of the Hired Man

e-text for Hired Man

Fire and Ice

e-text for Fire and Ice

Click here to read the e-text for the following poems.

The Pasture

Mending Wall

Birches

A Boy’s Will is Frost’s first full volume of poetry.  E-text for A Boy’s Will (you must have Adobe Reader to open this e-text).

A Boy’s Will part 1

A Boy’s Will part 2

A Boy’s Will part 3

Contents:
Part I
1. Into My Own
2. Ghost House
3. My November Guest
4. Love and a Question
5. A Late Walk
6. Stars
7. Storm Fear
8. Wind and Window Flower
9. To the Thawing Wind
10. A Prayer in Spring
11. Flower-gathering
12. Rose Pogonias
13. Asking for Roses
14. Waiting—Afield at Dusk
15. In a Vale
16. A Dream Pang
17. In Neglect
18. The Vantage Point
19. Mowing
20. Going for Water

Part II
21. Revelation
22. The Trial by Existence
23. In Equal Sacrifice
24. The Tuft of Flowers
25. Spoils of the Dead
26. Pan with Us
27. The Demiurge’s Laugh

Part III
28. Now Close the Windows
29. A Line-storm Song
30. October
31. My Butterfly
32. Reluctance

Robert Frost: Essential American Poets

Robert Frost: Essential American Poets is a podcast from The Poetry Foundation gives brief biographical information about Robert Frost, along with archival recordings of Frost reading his own poetry, recorded at the Library of Congress in 1959.

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago.

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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Battle of Antietam

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Chapter 01

Chapter 02

Chapter 03

Chapter 04

Chapter 05

Chapter 06

A slave auction house on Whitehall Street, Sherman Atlanta in fall 1864, before it was burned by Sherman's army

Chapter 07

Chapter 08

Chapter 09
Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Battle of Chicamauga

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Battle of Wilson's Creek

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

The Storming of Fort Wagner, lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Posted 8 years, 9 months ago.

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Emily Dickinson, selected poetry

Feather_1, published by author Louise Docker from Sydney Australia, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick for studying poetry.

e-text for Hope….

Oglala National Grassland, Nebraska USA, near Toadstool Geologic Park, image released to public domain by author Brian Kell

The Grass… e-text

The Cemetery Entrance by Caspar David Friedrich, public domain image

e-text for Because I could not stop for Death

I Died for Beauty

Beauty e-text

Rain by Ivan Yendogurov, public domain image

Summer Shower

e-text for Summer Shower

I’m Nobody

e-text for I’m Nobody

Morning

e-text for Morning

Interesting Story by Laura Muntz Lyall, public domain image

There is no Frigate like a Book

e-text for Frigate

In a Library

Library e-text

A Word is Dead

e-text for A Word is Dead

If I can stop one heart from breaking

e-text for If I can stop…

Indian Summer, Vermont by Willard Leroy Metcalf, public domain image

Indian Summer

Indian Summer e-text

Our Share of Night to Bear

Our Share e-text

There’s a Certain Slant of Light

Slant of Light e-text

Posted 8 years, 10 months ago.

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The Declaration of Independence

Declaration_independence by John Trumbull

Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson

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To listen to The Declaration of Independence, as read by Bill Barker, who interprets Thomas Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, go to Monticello Podcasts. You’ll need to page most of the way down the page, to the podcast titled Jefferson’s Words: Two Declarations.

Read along by clicking here.

To see a video of the reading of the Declaration of Independence from Colonial Williamsburg, go to the Colonial Williamsburg Video page. This video is titled We Hold These Truths. You’ll need to page down to find it.  This video is archived  on June 29, 2009.

For more excellent audio and video podcasts from Colonial Williamsburg, go to History.org.

Page down to the April 27, 2009 podcast to hear Thomas Jefferson on religious freedom, and the April 20, 2009 podcast to hear Patrick Henry on religious freedom.

Posted 8 years, 10 months ago.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin by Duplessis

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To look at Benjamin Franklin’s book Poor Richard’s Almanac, click here. Use the arrows to turn the pages of the book.

Benjamin Franklin by Greuze

00-Introduction

01-Ancestry and Early Youth in Boston

02-Beginning Life as a Printer

03-Arrival in Philadelphia

04-First Visit to Boston

05-Early Friends in Philadelphia

06-First Visit to London

07-Beginning Business in Philadelphia

08-Business Success and First Public Service

09-Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection

Poor Richard's Almanac 1739

10-Poor Richard’s Almanac and Other Activities

11-Interest in Public Affairs

12-Defense of the Province

13-Public Services and Duties

Treaty of Paris by Benjamin West, unfinished

14-Albany Plan of Union

15-Quarrels with the Proprietary

16-Braddock’s Expedition

17-Franklin’s Defense of the Frontier

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, by Benjamin West

18-Scientific Experiments

19-Agent of Pennsylvania in London

20-Appendix

Posted 8 years, 11 months ago.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

Frederick Douglass

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Click here to see a selection of downloadable curriculum resources from CurrClick which could be used for a study of Frederick Douglass. This link will take you away from My Audio School.

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Posted 8 years, 11 months ago.

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