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Born in 1821, Clara Barton took the role of caring for others to a new level. As a young girl, she helped her brother heal from a head injury even after doctors had given up. As a young woman, Clara worked tirelessly helping to care for soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. Later, after working with the International Red Cross in Europe, Clara founded the American branch of the Red Cross. Listen to hear about Clara Barton’s life-long dedication to helping those in need.
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Police officers have been a part of communities in America for a long time. Their job is to help keep people safe and ensure that citizens are following the laws. However, there have been many protests recently across the country because of how some police officers treat people of color, particularly those who are Black. There are many different ideas about how to improve police departments. Listen to hear a Black female police officer talk about her career and her thoughts about policing today.
Racism is a serious subject, and one that is a topic of conversation in the lives of many Americans. People across America are protesting the way some police officers have treated people of color, particularly those who are Black. Jason Reynolds confronts this difficult topic in his novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man, which features a Black superhero who fights racism. Listen as Jason joins Kojo Nnamdi for a conversation about racism in America, answers questions from kids, and offers ideas about what people can do to address problems caused by racism.
In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation in public schools was illegal. Yet, due to a loophole in the law, Louisiana’s public schools were still segregated six years later. That changed when Ruby Bridges’ parents chose to send Ruby to first grade at the all-white school near her home. While Ruby helped integrate Louisiana’s public schools, her path was not easy. In this audio story, Ruby discusses what it was like to be the only Black student in an all-white school. Listen to hear how and why Ruby became one of the youngest heroes of the civil rights era.
The Lexile Audio Measure is an indicator of the complexity of an audio passage. It is based on a scientifically developed scale with a maximum score of 2000L.How to Use Lexile Audio Measures
Find stories at the right level of complexity for your students, so that they will be challenged without being frustrated. The measures are categorized into low, medium, or high in order to aid teachers in story selection when they do not know students’ Lexile listening levels.
|Listening Level||Lexile Audio Measures|
These recommended ranges are for instructional use of Listenwise audio content in combination with supports such as the interactive transcript, etc.
|Grade||Lexile Audio Measures (Recommended Ranges)|
|1||215L - 610L|
|2||490L - 855L|
|3||725L - 1060L|
|4||945L - 1250L|
|5||1045L - 1350L|
|6||1125L - 1430L|
|7||1190L - 1500L|
|8||1250L - 1555L|
|9||1300L - 1610L|
|10||1345L - 1655L|
|11/12||1385L - 1695L|