This collection includes first chapters and other excerpts from works at the fifth grade reading level. They were selected from the Lit2Go free audiobook collection by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at USF. The Lit2Go Collection features more than 200 complete works including over 5,000 individual passages. Download the remaining chapters of books you are interested in from either the Lit2Go section of the University of South Florida on iTunes U site (audio only) or the Florida Center for Instructional Technology's Lit2Go website (audio, text, and some suggested activities).
The Light Princess, Story 1: What! No Children?
A king and queen have no children. The king becomes very upset with the queen and finally she gives him a beautiful daughter.
The Red Badge of Courage, Chapter 1
The Red Badge of Courage is an impressionistic novel by Stephen Crane about the meaning of courage, as it is narrated by Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. It is one of the most influential American war stories ever written even though the author was born after the war and had never seen battle himself. Crane met and spoke with a number of veterans as a student and he created what is widely regarded as an unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.
The Tale of Brownie Beaver, Chapter 1
In The Tale of Brownie Beaver, Brownie Beaver does everything he can (along with his forest friends) to protect his underwater home from humans, particularly Farmer Green. In chapter one, the author introduces the readers to Brownie Beaver and explains why his home is underwater.
The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat, Chapter 1: The Start
The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat is an adventure story about boys who enter a boat race.
The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms or Lost in the Wilds of Florida, Chapter 1: Overboard
The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms or Lost in the Wilds of Florida is a story of adventure following the DeVere girls on a journey through the Florida Swamps while filming a movie. In chapter one, the film troupe departs New York for Florida. A member of the cast finds himself in serious need of assistance.
Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 1: Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a work of children’s literature by the English mathematician and author, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm populated by talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is fraught with satirical allusions to Dodgson’s friends and to the lessons that British schoolchildren were expected to memorize. The Wonderland described in the tale plays with logic in ways that has made the story of lasting popularity with children as well as adults. The book is often referred to by the abbreviated title Alice in Wonderland. This alternate title was popularized by the numerous film and television adaptations of the story produced over the years. Some printings of this title contain both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.